Scenes From Save-As-You-Throw Open House

Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule and ESD staff assist members of the public in responding to questions in an online survey about the proposed Save-As-You-Throw (SAYT) progam. The survey was held during an open house Thursday evening in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. The Environmental Sustainability Board’s (ESB) SAYT Research Subcommittee is considering new options that could not only reduce the amount of waste trucked to the landfill but also allow for more equity and control over residents’ trash collection fees. There are several options being reviewed. The first is to keep the existing system in which all residents pay the same fee, regardless of how much they throw away. The fee increases every few years to cover the continuously rising cost to collect, transport and dump waste. The second option is to have residents choose between a 96-gallon roll cart, 64-gallon roll cart or 48-gallon roll cart. The monthly refuse bill would vary depending on the size of the cart, incentivizing homeowners to reduce waste. The third option is for residents to purchase special trash bags to place in their roll carts. They would be charged per filled bag. Results of the online survey showed a optimism and support for the SAYT options. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Scene from Save-As-You-Throw open house hosted by the County Environmental Services Division Thursday evening in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Environmental Sustainability Board members Heather Ward, left, and Dorothy Brown are ready to answer questions during the Save-As-You-Throw Open House Thursday in Council Chambers. The open house is just one of many opportunities the public will have to weigh in on the program. Brown said in July there will be a poll posted on Open Forum on the County website to gather more feedback. ‘We want to hear from everyone,’ she said. During the open house, Ward reported she received mostly positive responses about the various Save-As-You-Throw options presented. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Environmental Services Division Senior Office Specialist Joshua Levings, right, speaks to a member of the public about the Save-As-You-Throw options. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Environmental Services Division Office Specialist Sara Thurgood helps a member of the public submit his thoughts on the Save-As-You-Throw program. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Scene from Save-As-You-Throw open house Thursday in Caouncil Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Scene from Save-As-You-Throw open house Thursday in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

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