This summer, the City of Waterville adopted a “carry in, carry out” policy at all of its public parks. Waterville adopted the policy after Parks and Recreation Department Director Matt Skehan did some research into other recreation areas with the policy, including other municipalities as well as national parks.
Skehan, and in turn the City, was prompted to act for several reasons. First, clean-up of the trash and litter in Waterville’s parks had become quite a job. Mr. Skehan estimates the task of cleaning up after park visitors took between 12 and 16 hours per week. This took his staff away from other necessary jobs around the city’s facilities. Additionally, even when everything went as it was supposed to, with all trash placed in an appropriate place, the public trash cans were attracting pests of all kinds and needed to be emptied frequently to stay ahead of the demand.
Skehan reports that the new policy, which is part of a larger waste management trend in Waterville, has met with a warm reception. He said that although people are still getting used to the idea, they are generally accepting and understanding of the reasons for the new policy.
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