City Officials Ready to Enforce New Trash Ordinance on Jan. 1

December 28, 2011
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The new trash ordinance that the Council passed last summer will go into effect on Jan. 1st and city inspectors said last week that they are prepared to hand out fines.

“It’s going to be pretty tough because trash trucks go out really early, but we’ll have our guys out there with them to check for compliance,” said Nick Catinazzo, Revere Health Inspector. “For the first month, we’re really going to go gung ho on it. Basically, we’ll be looking for bags that are on the ground and are not rodent-free bags. Each one will be a $25 fine. So, if it’s five bags on the curb and they’re not rodent-free, it would be a $125 fine.”

Rodent-free bags are commonly sold now and carry the brand name of ‘Mint-X.’ They can be found at many stores in the City, including BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Fines would also go out for those who have bags protruding out of the trash barrel. If barrels are put out before the morning of trash pickup, they must have their covers on them. Failure to have covers on will also result in a fine.

Finally, another major piece of the new ordinance is storage of trash on a person’s property.

Inspectors will be able to ticket and fine residents for improper storage of trash on their property. If trash is stored in bags that are not rodent-free or are not in trash barrels, that will be subject to a fine.

Ward 6 Councillor Charlie Patch championed the ordinance last summer, and after quite a bit of discussion and several delays, got the measure passed.

Since that time, Chelsea’s Board of Health held hearings and passed a similar measure aimed at getting trash off the streets.

Catinazzo said there would be some leniency early on, but not much.

“We’ll pretty much be ticketing regularly until we get everybody online with the new regulations,” he said. “We’ll have some leniency, but we want people to follow the rules.”

  • Reverejimmy

    good luckw/ that, i have been calling the health dept, not kidding over 2 yrs about a burnt out house on dana st,. Now what  r they going to do with that area?, trash blows down garfield all day.. hope you got alot of tickets..

  • Dinubliad21

    are you friggin kidding me not like trash bags are expensive as it now we have to buy special bags what happened to this being a free country we are now being told what to put our trash in and will be fined if its not stored right on our own property….really doesnt the government of revere have bigger issuesc like DRUGS and HOOKERS why dont you clean up the city that way or hey heres an idea why dont you clean the damn lil marsh area that runs along 1a and ocean ave that will help elimnate rats.

  • Kakki74

    Is the City going to provide barrels with lids since the garbage collectors destroyed mine….

  • Dinubliad21

    we have to buy our own

  • Biidagress

    with winter here and those gusty north east  winds, I am sure as well as all the other residents of Revere know, Revere is looking to put new revenue in their pockets/budget

  • Prevere

    How about we start with the disgusting beach? Start ticketing the people that eat and walk away from their food like pigs. This law seems a bit unreasonable, I am glad I wont be staying in this town for mug longer.

  • Prevere

    Much* longer

  • concerned citizen

    The city should give every household trash containers, like the ones used for recycling.

  • Dinubliad21

    that would cost the city money and thats something they wont do but they will find a way to make it cost for us and what people who are on fixed incomes like our senior citizens how are they supposed to afford new barrels or even thses special trash bags again thank you to the gov of revere

  • Cr41g

    I think this law is completely bull,they are worried about trash and rodents why don’t they worry about crime why don’t they worry about people feeling safe in their homes, why don’t they worry about providing new streets and side walks to walk on.
    I believe this city is forever going to be nothing more than politics and bull @$#%, George Rotondo would have made a change to this city and was rail roaded by a maniacle money hungry idiot and for the people who supported him are sure going to get their due from him, this city was sold to the highest bidder and it was the special interest groups that supported Dan Rizzo’s campain

  • Sicojimdad

    just open mail with 25.00 fine for an  86 year old blind and deaf lady while her daughter goes up and down picking cutting overgrown weeds cleaning the trash from high school kids the park
     is clean by her cutting the overgrown trees,broken bottles just want to say thank you for now the street will not be cleaned by her any more we all told her let the city go to hell we take pride on our street now the hell with the city by the way what about the people that are putting there garbage rotten food and trash in the yard and putting dirt on it to hide it thanks to them we had mice and all little critter i will pay this for her but will not take pride in this city . thank you charlie i guess you forgot when you threw your  trash out of the city car for all those years.

  • Charli1228

    Mint x trash bags do not work. Rats ate right through it. Have been using the bags for two months now and since they have been digging up St. Mary’s and other side streets there has been a huge problem. I’ll use the bags so I don’t get a fine, but it is not solving the problem at all

  • MJD

    My question is who is going to pay the fine for the barrels at the beach in the summer time when they are overflowing with trash.  Because I know they aren’t using the Mint X bags…you know the ones that do NOTHING but attract rodents.

  • Ryan

    It is a a known fact that the mint X bags don’t work,  that is why cities in the NY state stopped using them.

    My questions is; what are we suppost to do if you have a child walking to school who is allergic to mint? These bags smell like hell and the sidewalks are pretty much useless for walking by a child once they are placed on the curb.

    The city should be going after Larry the slum landlord of Revere and his illegal/trash filled apartments.

  • Megan

    I have to say that I bought these bags although I have never had a problem with mice before, after using them I have found the bags outside cut up so I guess that I am saying that they don’t work. I am going back to old fashion bags.

    I think that everyone in the city should strike out for one week on trash collection and make a point.

    Let’s have the city listen them.

  • RevereReporter(Staff)

    That’s an incredible account. If this is accurate, please contact us at the paper (x112) if you’d like to expand on the issue to a reporter. Really, that goes for anyone on here. Good and bag with this ordinance. Appears this is the bad stuff.

  • pj

    Who is going to pay for my lids for my barrells??  Example just this past week the trash men just thru my EXPENSIVE  barrells on the street, NOT ON THE SIDEWALK and the lids blew down the street.   So when I get home from work at 6:30pm I have to go looking for my EXPENSIVE lids and hope that my Barrells have not been ran over because the trash men have emptied them and then just whipped them anywhere they felt like!!!!  Point is how can you force residents to lid the barrells if the lids are going to be destroyed!!!!

  • Pj

    Thats my point.  I have to go looking for my lids and on top of it hope that my barrells have not been destroyed from the trashmen just whipping them on the street not on the sidewalks

  • LEXMARK_8500

    HELLO EVERYONE I SPOKE TO THE
    “X-MINT” TRASH BAG PEOPLE GOT THE NUMBER OFF OF THE BOX AND THEY MAKE NO CLAIMS THAT THERE “MINT” TRASH BAGS REPELL THESE OTHER FORMS OF WILD LIFE THAT LIVE HERE IN OUR CITY OF REVERE  FROM CHEWING UP TRASH BAGS AND EATING OUR TRASH?  “MINT – X” DOES NOT REPELL – RACOON’S – POSSUM’S – SKUNK’S – CHIPMUNK’S – SQUIRREL’S – COYOTE’S – CAT’S – DOG’S – SNAKE’S!!! etc… SO PLEASE TELL ME WHAT ARE THESE SPECIAL  “MINT” TRASH BAGS REALLY GOOD FOR???

  • LEXMARK_8500

     AND ANOTHER THING HOW CAN THE CITY OF REVERE TELL US THE CITIZEN’S AND TAX PAYERS OF REVERE THEY NEED US TO WASH OUT AND RINSE OUT TRASH BEFORE RECYCLING  IT LIKE PLASTIC BOTTLES, TV DINNER TRAYS, MICROWAVE CONTAINERS JUST TO NAME A FEW. WE PAY LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY FOR THE WATER WE USE, OUR WATER BILLS REFLECT THAT!  MAY I SUGGEST TO THE CITY OF REVERE THAT IF YOU WANT CERTAIN ITEMS RINSED OUT OR WASHED OUT THAT YOU RINSE THEM OUT WITH YOUR WATER AND ON YOUR TIME AND ON YOUR DIME! YOU GET OUR PLASTIC GLASS AND PAPER FOR FREE. AND NOW YOU EXPECT US TO FOOT THE BILL TO CLEAN WHAT WE GIVE YOU FOR FREE. WE PAY FOR THESE ITEMS BUT YOU WANT THEM FOR FREE, THEN YOU MAKE ALL THE MONEY ON RECYCLING ON TOP OF THE MONEY WE ALREADY PAY THE CITY FOR TRASH REMOVEL. “DOUBLE DIPPING” COMES TO MIND. NEW AND IMPROVED WAS TO STICK IT TO THE DISABLED AND ELDERLY TAX PAYERS OF REVERE!!!

  • LEXMARK_8500

     WE ARE BEING FORCED TO BUY “MINT” TRASH BAGS, AND ENDURE OUTRAGES TRASH FINES IF WE DON’T BUY THEN WE WILL SUFFER THE  CONSEQUENCES SOUNDS LIKE A FORM OF EXTORTION TO ME.   ???WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS???

    Extortion (also called Blackmail, Shakedown, Out wresting, and Exaction) is a criminal offence of unlawfully obtaining money, property, or services from a person, entity, or institution, through coercion. Refraining from doing harm is sometimes euphemistically called protection. Extortion is commonly practiced by Organized Crime Group’s.
    The actual obtainment of money or property is not required to commit the offense. Making a threat of violence which refers to a requirement of a payment of money or property to halt future violence is sufficient to commit the offense. Exaction refers not only to extortion or the unlawful demanding and obtaining of something through force,[1] but additionally, in its formal definition, means the infliction of something such as pain and suffering or making somebody endure something unpleasant

  • LEXMARK_8500

    TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION… THIS TRASH THING PUTS A TON OF MONEY IN THE CITY OF REVERES POCKETS.. BUT SAD TO SAY CRIME DOESEN’T

  • LEXMARK_8500

    YES I AGREE WITH YOU. BUT THEN THE CITY WOULD HAVE TO SPEND MONEY TO MAKE MONEY. AND THESE BROWN BARRELS WITH THE LIDS COST LIKE $90.00 EACH.  THEY ONLY GAVE EVERYONE THE BROWN BARRELS TO KICK THINGS OFF, AND TO GET THE BALL ROLLING. THEY ARE SELLING THE PAPER, GLASS, AND PLASTIC THAT WE PAY FOR AND WE ARE JUST HANDING OVER TO THEM. WE SHOULD GET TO CHARGE THEM FOR IT. AND THEN THEY CHARGE  FOR TVs VCRs REFRIDGARATORs  STOVEs BEDs TABLEs  AND SO ON.. … WE ALREADY PAY TRASH REMOVEL FEEs  IN OUR PROPERTY TAXE’S.  SO WHY DO WE NEED TO PAY MORE??? WHERE DOES THAT MONEY GO???  IF WE ALL GOT DUMPSTERS WE WOULD BE ABLE TO THROUGH AWAY ANY OF THE ITEMs LISTED ABOVE WITHOUT ANY EXTRA COST. I FOR ONE AM GOING TO CONTACT DUMPSTER COMPANYS FOR PRICING I BELIEVE IT IS CHEAPER THAN THIS FINE AND PAY THROUGH THE NOSE DEAL…

  • LEXMARK_8500

     TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION. > Why don’t they worry about providing new streets and side walks to walk on? MY GUESS IS THEY WON’T HAVE THE MONEY FOR STREETS AND SIDEWALKS OR ANYTHING ELSE UNTIL THE “FINES” AND “PROPERTY LIEN” MONEY COMES ROLLING IN. I AM SURE ANYONE THINKING OF BUYING A HOME HERE IN REVERE WILL THINK TWICE BEFORE DOING SO. AS A MATTER OF FACT MOST PEOPLE I KNOW ARE TRYING TO SELL THERE HOMES AND PROPERTY AND GET OUT OF REVERE.  REVERE USED TO BE ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE,  AND NOW ITS ALL ABOUT THE  “MONEY”. SAD BUT TRUE.

  • LEXMARK_8500

    IN MY OPINION YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER OFF TAKING THIS TICKET TO CHELSEA DISTRICT COURT. IN MY OPINION THE CLERK OF COURT (or) JUDGE WOULD HAVE LISTENED TO BOTH SIDES AND THEN MOST LIKELY DISMISSED IT. AND EVEN IF YOU DID LOSE YOUR CASE THE ONLY COST TO YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ORIGINAL FINE. IF MORE PEOPLE TOOK A STAND AND VOICED THEIR OPINIONS IN COURT MAYBE WE COULD GET RID OF THESE FOOLISH TRASH ORDINANCES. PEOPLE OF REVERE  TAKE A STAND.  THINK OF IT THIS WAY.  “NOTHING VENTURED NOTHING GAINED”. AND  “UNITED WE STAND DEVIDED WE FALL“.  REMBER THEY CAN ONLY WIN IF WE SIT BACK DO NOTHING AND LET THEM WIN.  REMBER WE VOTED THESE PEOPLE INTO OFFICE. AND WE CAN VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE JUST AS FAST. YOU HAVE THE POWER YOU JUST NEED TO USE IT.

  • LEXMARK_8500

    THE CITY HAS A RECORD OF THE DOB AGE M/F AND SO OF EVERY HOME OWNER IN REVERE. AND IT SEEMS AS IF THEY TARGET THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED PEOPLE MORE. THIS CITY IS NOT COMPASSIONATE ENOUGH TO FINE WAYS TO HELP ITS DISABLED AND ELDERLY HOME OWNERS WITH DAY TO DAY NEEDS LIKE SNOW REMOVEL IN THE WINTER AT A REDUCED RATE. NO JUST FINE THE SICK ELDERLY AND DISABLED PEOPLE WITH THINGS LIKE “YOUR HEDGES ARE TO HIGH” – TRASH BARRELS OUT TO EARLY. – YOUR “GRASS IS TO HIGH”- BUT IF YOU ASK THE CITY THEY CAN’T TELL YOU “WHAT THE PROPER HIGHT FOR GRASS? OR HEDGES? IS, WONDER WHY THAT IS?  FROM A DISTANCE ALL I SEE IS A BULLY KICKING A DEFENCELESS PUPPY.  SEEMS LIKE REVERE TURNED INTO RUSSIA OVER NIGHT.  REVERES WAY IS….  DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO.  AND ANOTHER THING YOU TELL ME WHO FINES Nick Catinazzo AND HIS PEOPLE???? WHO KEEPS AN EYE ON THEM??  DO THOSE WORKERS ALL LIVE IN THE CITY OF REVERE?  OR JUST MAKE THE RULES AND REGS AND ENFORCE THEM HERE AND THEN GO HOME TO LYNNFIELD OR PEABODY? IN MY OPINION PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR THE CITY SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE IN THE CITY OF REVERE, AND BE A TAX PAYER IN THE CITY OF REVERE…. THE RODENT PROBLEM BELONGS TO THE CITY OF REVERE.  NOT THE RESIDENTS.. AND ANOTHER QUESTION IS DOES THESE MINT X TRASH BAGS STOP OR REPELL – RACOON’S – POSSUM’S – SKUNK’S – CHIPMUNK’S – SQUIRREL’S – COYOTE’S – CAT’S – DOG’S – SNAKE’S!!! etc   FROM EATING OUR TRASH?  THE ANSWER IS NO!!!

  • LEXMARK_8500

    THE CITY OF REVERE WANTS OUR “GLASS” “PAPER” AND “PLASTIC” FOR FREE BUT THEY WANT US TO DO THEIR JOB AND SORT IT ALL IN NEET PILES FOR THEM. AND NOT ONLY SORT IT BUT RINSE AND WASH THE GLASS AND PLASTIC OUT FIRST. LIKE OUR WATER BILLS ARE NOT HIGH ENOUGH AS IT IS? AND LIKE WE DON’T HAVE OUR HANDS FULL WORKING AND TAKING CARE OF OUR FAMILYS WHO HAS TIME FOR THIS CRAP? MY OPINION DON’T SORT. DON’T WASH. LET THEM PAY SOMEONE AT THE DUMP TO SORT IT AND WASH IT.- THEY ARE GETTING IT ALL FOR FREE. AND MAKING MONEY HAND OVER FIST. – WHAT MORE DO THEY WANT FROM US? -  PLUS THAT WILL CREATE NEW JOBS,  THIS CITY HAS BECOME A “DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO”… PLACE TO LIVE…. . ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY…. BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW IF THERE WAS NO MONEY TO BE MADE IN RECYCLING THE CITY WOULD NOT BE DOING IT!!!!!

  • LEXMARK_8500

     Hi Charli1228.  You know the Mint X trash bags don’t work. We all know the trash bags don’t work. So why use them anyway?  Why not take a stand, and take the ticket to court and be heard?  It won’t cost you anything to go to court and tell your side of the story. And the odds are in your favor. And if you win you owe Nothing. And if you should lose you will only pay the original  $25.00 fine anyway. So..  Nothing ventured Nothing gained. My opinion Everyone show take these foolish tickets to The Chelsea District Court and let the judge sort out this foolish mess.    Good Luck.  Charli1228

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