Carl Delta: Longer hours needed at transfer station
To the editor:
With the closing of the Northampton landfill it’s time to implement longer hours at the transfer station on Locust Street. It’s a fiasco now and likely to get worse.
At this time of year, the 4 p.m. closing feels too early when we have four hours more of sunlight. After 4 p.m. is also a time when many of us can get there without conflict with work hours. At other times of year why can’t the area be illuminated? It wouldn’t take a lot of lights to do this. Not a fraction of the lighting that is used for sporting events. Also consider Sundays, when it’s the only time many people have the opportunity to do chores. If stores, restaurants, laundromats, etc. can be open why is the old thinking that a city service can’t?
As far as costs, well this could be also mitigated. I have some fairly cheap wireless video cameras that watch my property. These can also be used to see when the paper compactor really needs to be turned on. Furthermore this could easily be wired to run by remote. The cameras can also see if anyone is approaching the compactors and a speaker system could even tell someone to wait a moment.
Since the attendants don’t sell bag stickers anymore, there is much less a reason for as many workers who just walk from one compactor to the other. To make sure everyone has a car sticker every time is not really that cost effective with the fact that if you don’t buy a bag for the privilege of dumping in Northampton all you would be able to dump is recyclables. This checking for car stickers could be done as more of a random thing.