Committee will explore tougher rules on trash disposal

Committee will explore tougher rules on trash disposal

NORTH PROVIDENCE – After more than a year of extensive discussions on the way the town and its residents collect and dispose of trash, one councilman is proposing that local restrictions be tightened.

Councilor Kenneth Amoriggi, an attorney, said at a meeting last week that he noticed some “vague areas” in North Providence’s existing ordinances. He asked that the Town Council send the matter to its ordinance subcommittee, which can then work to “tighten up the language” on “any and all ordinances” pertaining to trash disposal, while making it easier for code enforcement officials to do their job.

“It can’t hurt,” said Amoriggi.

Mayor Charles Lombardi suggested having Recycling Coordinator Bob Nascimento be part of the meetings to discuss the ordinances, as Nascimento “puts up with it day in and day out.”

Town officials have spent many hours over the past year discussing everything from whether to purchase wheeled totes for all residents to use for trash disposal to how to crack down on business owners who don’t get their dumpsters emptied often enough.

Councilor Stephen DiLorenzo has repeatedly said that new covered totes would go a long way toward cleaning up problem areas and issues with rats.

Councilor Raymond DeStefanis said last week that he applauded Amoriggi and DiLorenzo for their advocacy, saying he’s all for sending the town’s rules on waste disposal for a review, but he questioned who’s enforcing the existing rules.

DeStefanis said there’s no current enforcement happening with such violations as trash being thrown curbside days in advance of collection days or receptacles being left uncovered.

Mayor Lombardi disputed that suggestion, saying the town is doing everything it can to keep up with the violations.

“We’re citing people daily,” he said. “I’m constantly calling in blight, so to say.”

The problem, said Lombardi, is state law essentially gives property owners a 45-day window to get messes cleaned up. Many property owners wait until two days before it’s time to go to court, he said, and then problems return.

The council voted unanimously to have the ordinance subcommittee review the local rules and make recommendations on changes.