Don’t Forget to Take Out the Trash – In Your New Toters

John’s Refuse’s new automated trash collection starts today in North Branford.


North Branford's new automated trash pickup is underway. John's Refuse delivered most of the new toters last week and began automated collection with this morning's pickup. In Interim Town Manager Bonnie Therrien's weekly report (full report will run tomorrow), she noted that delivery of the toters was a day behind.

With the new single-stream recycling barrels, residents can place all recyclable items into the blue barrels (the brown barrels are for general trash). Not sure what you can recycle? Check out the attached PDFs.

When placing the barrels at the curb, John's Refuse requests you "keep the lids closed and place the barrels as close to the curb as possible oriented as shown on the barrel lids. Leave a little space between the Recycling Barrel and the Trash Barrel."

In addition to information about the new trash pickup, the PDFs also highlight other dates to remember, including trash holidays and weeks desginated for scrap metal collection and leaf collection. Bulky waste can be put out with your toters at any time.


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Tell us: What do you think of the new toters? Are they helping you to recycle more?

Jeannine Cavalier January 21, 2013 at 08:07 PM
and what do we do if our trash wont fit in the brown container? are we supposed to ask for another one or use our own?? I know my trash isnt all going to fit in that one bin.
Beverage Guy January 21, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Saw them out this morning. I figured it would not be a problem as from my experience, John's has always been good in town.
Just wondering January 21, 2013 at 10:37 PM
I received my containers however the brown onw ( for household trash) came damaged..I am afraid if I use it an knock it over animal will and trash will be all over the road. I send an e mail for either a replacement or repair.So far no answers.I don't feel comfortable using it until the problem is fixed
Mary Ingarra January 22, 2013 at 02:23 AM
We are still trying to figure out how we are going to get these trash bins up to the curb. Our house is a rear lot. They won't fit in the van and they will be too heavy to drag up to the street.
Lisa D. January 22, 2013 at 02:16 PM
I live on Middletown Avenue and I haven't received mine yet - seems like everyone else in the neighborhood has. I'm willing to do my part - it's our world and we all need to do our share to help.
Liz January 22, 2013 at 03:06 PM
we didn't get our new bins yet either. However, we put our trash and recycling out last night and our recycling bin is now gone too!! did they take those too?
Jenn McCulloch January 22, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Hi Lisa. The state roads--Route 80, 22, 17, are the last ones to be delivered but you'll get them soon!
Beverage Guy January 22, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Jenn, Is that the line they are feeding you? I saw them all over 22 and 17 yesterday. It seems that you are being fed the same info as the Town Manager.
Donna Pursley January 22, 2013 at 07:43 PM
I asked about getting smaller bins during a town council meeting in last fall. They said that we can call and get smaller bins. There was never a survey like they were supposed to do. I was told that John's will take all the same acceptable trash as they did before.
Jenn McCulloch January 22, 2013 at 08:35 PM
@Beverage Guy...that is indeed what they said yesterday!
Shelly Saczynski January 23, 2013 at 02:28 AM
I e-mailed and asked about smaller options and got no reply. My husband called and they said they would see what they could work out in the future but for now it was just too complicated getting all the bins out to work out any smaller options.
al January 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM
The last time the town council was approached with the option for this system..it was shot down. It should have been this time too. The first we read of it was after it was approved.I dont remember any other public notice of this until after it was a done deal. Feel like it was snuck by us. I hear it will save the town money..great..does that translate to lower taxes? These systems work well in a urban setting...much of our town is still very rural...this system is another poorly thought out "improvement" that we are stuck with. I see it saving the Trash collector money...meanwhile we all now have thousands of garbage cans we can no longer use that will need to be stored or disposed of...wonderfully short sighted.
Jenn McCulloch January 23, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Here's an update from last night's Town Council meeting: http://northbranford.patch.com/articles/therrien-briefs-town-council-on-trash-collection
jimb654 January 23, 2013 at 04:08 PM
these trash bins do not have latches. wind blows them over and trash goes everywhere. why would you not have a locking top on them? I'm going to try a bungee cord and see if that is accepted. other than that, I like them
Bonnie Therrien January 23, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Mr. Maroney - They are still delivering the toters, so if you do not have them delivered by your delivery day, just put out your old barrels. Bonnie Therrien, Interim Manager
Bonnie Therrien January 23, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Carrie - I would call John's Refuse at 203-484-0281 to explain to them your predicament and see what they can do to assist you. Bonnie Therrien, Interim Manager The areas of Town that still need to received the new barrels are Seahill, West Pond, Southern Corners and Foxon Road. They will be delivering in these areas today and tomorrow. If you do not receive a barrel before your regular refuse day, please put out your old barrels. Also please call John's and let them know you did not receive a new barrel. If you feel you need a smaller sized barrel, please call John's Refuse at the phone # listed above. Bonnie Therrien, Interim Town Manager
Bill Chisholm January 24, 2013 at 02:50 AM
We got our new bin's today, both bin's the covers will not close, every one I see on my street are the same way!!!!!!
Bonnie Therrien January 24, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Bill - Please call John's at the above phone # and they will replace them and take the damaged ones. Bonnie Therrien, Interim Town Manager
Cortney L. January 24, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Where are people storing their bins? We have more trash barrels than we know what to do with now and the ones we purchased were expensive so we don't want to throw them out. Problem is now we have run out of room and leaving them in front of our house just looks trashy- pun intended. Anyone have any creative solutions? We do love the large recycle bin, it's much more practical than the tiny one previously but we need another garage just for bins! :)
DEBORAH DEFELICE January 24, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Hi Bonnie, The lids are not damaged, they are designed to flip closed and do not have any type of latch. In addition, there is really nothing to attach a bungee cord to in order to keep out the wildlife. On another point I called John for a smaller pail as we are big recyclers and do not fill up one small trash pail each week. They are only giving out smaller pails to people with physical disabilities at this time.
Jenn McCulloch January 24, 2013 at 06:33 PM
I saw two trucks heading down Route 80 toward the Guilford line today...maybe today's the day!
Beverage Guy January 24, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Always nice to have an optimist !!
toomuchtime January 25, 2013 at 03:08 PM
if you know Johns, and you lived here long enough to know, They have been in business for over 50 years. Serving Nfd/NB most of these years. The toters still have to picked up. Toters do not empty themselves.
toomuchtime January 25, 2013 at 03:22 PM
short sighted on your part. Worry about something else. perhaps you should have went to the town meeting and voiced your opinion. Maybe you should run for town council and put your ideas into motion.
Craig St. John January 26, 2013 at 02:36 PM
It was noted in the information that came with the new carts, they would take the old blue recycle bins and any old garbage cans on their first new cart pick-up. I left mine out with the new carts. They didn't take them. When will they pick them up?
Bonnie Therrien January 28, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Craig - They were taking all of them earlier in the week but we had complaints that some people did not want theirs thrown away, as they were new. So we stopped. I would put out the old ones and write on the barrel to throw it away so they can see that quite clearly. Let me know if this does not occur. 203-484-6000. Bonnie Therrien, Interim Manager
Beverage Guy January 28, 2013 at 07:56 PM
According to today's article, put them out starting next week (Feb 4) upside down if you want them taken away. http://northbranford.patch.com/articles/john-s-refuse-to-collect-old-trash-containers
chris graham January 28, 2013 at 08:14 PM
this why iam moving,,to many cry babies in northford,,,let johns try and do there job instead of complaining,,wow let it go
Beverage Guy January 28, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Thanks for the chuckle chris. Aren't you pretty much 'complaining' about too many people 'complaining'?
Jenn McCulloch January 28, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Thanks @Beverage Guy!


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