Update DPW: Winter Season

Update DPW: Winter Season


hello and welcome to update DPW a
seasonal look at your Department of Public Works we will talk about the
winter season and joining me I think it’s John Sullivan but it might be the
ghost of Christmas future just a ghost would do fine the ghost of mr. Sullivan
okay okay we have a lot to talk about I am holding up the winter newsletter
which folks would have by now I would imagine filled with a lot of helpful
information John so I before we get actually into the newsletter this is an
update show so update us about the department in general sure a lot of work
going on down at the DPW as you know we’re in winter mode we’ve had the first
snow yeah isn’t everybody all the new guys made their bones finally and but
that also means the construction slows construction slows but not the inside
work like the capital improvement programs they’ll continue I understand
the energy people are going to be putting a lot of solar panels on all the
new buildings in Quincy etc and I want some more grants from the DEP so talk
about those I got another 50 grand just because we recycle there’s so many ways
we recycle so many things I feel like Trump here but uh he’s not quite so
jolly but yeah so I got 50 grand for that and you know I know what I’d like
to well one of the things I’m gonna do is and well I also won another 50 as
part of this IQ recycle IQ grant and so it’s a professionally designed public
relations program geared to get information out on me
cycling and one of the things I’m gonna do is I’m going to buy reusable shopping
bags which is very important because there is a ban now on shopping bags in
the city which will start which will be effective as of March that’s right and
in April I’m actually gonna be selling black market plastic bags
I bought a whole bunch from Stockman shop
ok back to thee ok so the shopping bag that I’m going to give away free has
what’s recycled on one side and what’s recycled along the other and then
there’s on the on the short sides there’s like quiz is this recyclable
it’s got the answer ok and yeah because everybody’s still confused I’m you get
used to it after a while I’ve been confused for 63 years now and I just
muddle through and you confuse me often the biggest thing about recycling and
what is recyclable now that maybe wasn’t I’d like to talk about pizza boxes oh
yeah is confusing very confusing so for the first 12 years of my tenure you had
to rip the greasy pots and throw that away and you could recycle the cover now
you can recycle the whole thing yeah I mean you I don’t care if you pour grease
in it yes I do but it’s it is that’s a big one and like milk cartons are no
longer recyclable because of the waxy the waxy and there’s actually plastic
sheathing in there okay it’s caked inside in between but but I
would assume the cap is plastic so the cap you could take off and put in your
recyclable bin what are we talking about cartons
oh yeah Cotton’s don’t have oh yes they do they do have caps yeah so do most I
throw the cap away okay yeah the only time you want to keep a cap is for water
bottles so that they retain their shape because they are they are separated by
a visual kind of thing low so you shouldn’t collapse the bottom right it
shouldn’t okay blow it up put the cap on aha so it maintains its shape a good
point I didn’t realize that I would assume milk gallons would be the same um
the shape yeah yeah yep keep the cap on the milk cartons milk bottles milk
plastic containers right plastic gallon ones and talk about why plastic bags
should never be recycled well what they will do to the machinery mm-hmm first of
all let me say do not recycle plastic bags do don’t put your recycling a lot
of people I’ve noticed will use a plastic bag hanging in their kitchen
throw the recycles recyclables in and then when it’s full they tie it up and
throw it in the in that and so what happens is it gets thrown away the whole
bag yeah what happens to plastic bags if they get by the first 40 feet of people
you know is it wraps around gears because it’s a treadmill and it goes
this way that way up down every which way and the plastic bag will wrap
actually wrap around the gears and they have to shut down the whole operation so
not only is plastic bags not recyclable it is a danger and a detriment to safety
and to profit so don’t and that’s why I’m gonna be giving out reusable
shopping bags because they’re going to going to be moisture resistance and you
can keep them in your kitchen and fill them up and bring them down and dump
them in and bring her back to your kitchen I don’t know how I’m going to
distribute them yet however that will be for a future show well yeah
but one of one of my goals with this new grant I’m getting called recycle IQ is
we’re going to focus on areas of Quincy that according to the trash collector
are not recycling a lot okay and so if you’re in a three family I’m going to
visit you or two family or a four family six seven eight
I will we will get them to you somehow so that we can increase the recycling in
some of those how to to recycle areas the top story in the newsletter says
contamination down 2 percent look at all those nickels it’s a lot of nickels
it’s got good eyes talk about that so contamination is down but certainly yes
we need to be down more than right 2% so the first time they audited me it was I
was declared insane our contamination rate was 17% ok and so we worked on
getting the word out on what’s recyclable and what’s not and after a
year came down 2% so now we’re at 15 if we can get the 10% we won’t pay anything
for contamination because right now it’s we’re probably paying anywhere between a
quarter and a half a million dollars a year on contamination that’s a sizable
number it is a sizable number so if we can get that down I’ll be rich talk
about the changing gears talking about still the winter we have had some snow
on the ground so certainly folks have had to travel on city roads mm-hmm and
they have been treated mm-hmm talk about the winter what the DPW does to treat
the streets and what you need folks to do when a street is being plowed more
prep work that a homeowner could do so that a street is plowed correctly that’s
a lot you think I’m gonna remember what you just said I’ll guide you through ok
so when it snows we’re galoshes what else ok so if there’s an emergency a
snow emergency first of all you can’t pack on main arteries when it went is a
snow emergency you can pack on the street inside neighborhoods however it
has to be on the odd side this year because the winter started you know
Tovah mm which is 2019 and so when we really get snow in January February
you’ll be like okay it’s 2020 mm-hmm still on the odd side all the way
through May I know it’s snowed in May one year you know right yeah it can’t
wait a bit April 1st April Fool’s Day I remember we had that April Fool’s storm
significant snowstorm so okay so parking outside outside of the street during
snow emergencies mhm talk about what the department does to
prep the streets they actually lay down a solution yep the solution is called
brine it’s basically a mixture of salt and water and you’ll see water trucks
with the big water tank in the back going around and dropping that down and
that really gives the DPW a leg up on accumulation on the streets and so that
you know for that period of time nothing sticks it’s usually good for one or two
days before it has to be redone again but once the snow hits it in starts
piling up which you know if it was if it was a real heavy snow it probably
wouldn’t stick for a few hours and that that gives us enough time to go
elsewhere do other things and and start the program of plowing we do want to
bring up two phone numbers that will be on screen momentarily there’s one to
find out if a snow emergency has been declared and then there is another that
is in operation during a snow emergency yeah there is and I have no idea what
those numbers are oh okay just too many number I look like Joe Shea I’m killing
Joe show up in your let’s be the sweater he did what was the imachining with the
parking rules here you don’t that’s the winter newsletter Shea’s act is that no
this is oh oh she did O’Shea Zach yeah okay we’re missing a pic oh yeah
it says contamination up here so so to find out if there’s a snow emergency
call six one seven seven seven zero seven six six nine every time I look at
the camera he changes from looking at me and I’m not gonna stand for it and then
if there’s a if there is an emergency and you still want to talk to someone
it’s that phone number is six one seven three seven six nineteen twenty seven
talk about folks to find out about snow emergencies they can’t sign up for oh
yeah alert yeah cue alert hmm and they can do that on the city of Quincy
website which is Quincy MA gov I don’t have it here no but you should I know
cue alert go to the website wwsz ma gov and then in the search bar just write my
cue and fill out the information and when there is something important to be
told like a snow emergency then it will come directly to either your cell phone
if you’re getting your email they’re all your email and before this page goes
away channels 8 and 9 and 22 and who knows our public access government
access and educational access channels all that information will be posted on
those sites as well yeah and you’ll get child you’ll get alerts on a lot of
other things too that aren’t really emergencies but that might interest you
after you fill out the application and tell them what you’re interested in like
for instance I like to wear these things that go on the bottom of Christmas trees
way well it’s something I picked up from Elton John from back in the day I said
all you need are really the glass I have glasses I can get them let’s talk about
that thing on your head Christmas tree and Christmas tree
recycling oh yes so Christmas trees on my head are just
for show there’s no dirt up here and Oh
yard waste has been extended to the week of December 16th all over the place this
weekend next week say that oh yeah yard waste has been yard waste has been
extended for two weeks so it’s this week that just happened which is what they
started on the 9th ok Monday right nine right so it’s this week and next week
and then Christmas trees are collected starting January 2nd yeah we don’t waste
any time we’re getting that done right away and then of course we’ll do another
oh I’m sorry Christmas tree collection starts Monday
December 30th ok and then it’ll stop for New Year’s Day and then the day after
New Year’s will be three more days so that will be 5 days of collecting
Christmas trees and then another week of January 6 so the first 2 weeks in
January including the last 2 days in December Christmas trees so if you want
to get really a Christmas tree and your trash day is Monday that’s actually the
30th and we’ll take it for free curbside however there are some stipulation
stipulations that’s that was that call under the stipulation that there are no
bulbs or lights and don’t put it in a plastic bag because that will just gum
up the works the Christmas trees all get ground down into mulch it smells awesome
anything else we should address before we leave
the holiday the holiday how much time we got left we have as much time as you
need ok I do want I guess we should talk
about just simply curbside collection and collection of televisions computer
monitors appliances mm-hmm refrigerators and I do want to mention that a woman
called the station here because of sunny names she was she got a name like the
station Oh a woman called the Stacia
but she called because she was wondering if refrigerators need their doors they
should they should correct ok most of us just a magnet but you never know a kid
might decide to hide in there and fall asleep that’s the fear I’m gonna win
this game so refrigerators are collectible
curbside curbside alarm went off and a call to Capitol waste yes oh you can
call me at six one seven three seven six one nine five three four anything and if
I’m not there leave a message you’ll lead to get me on Maggie so give me a
call if you have any questions if you want you have to call though if you want
to get rid of televisions computers monitors appliances scrap metal anything
like that otherwise they’re just gonna leave it and I’ll have to send them back
and then they won’t like you anymore and I also do want to step back just a bit
because you did mention the extension of yard waste pickup mm-hmm but make sure
that your yard waste is properly at the curb no plastic bags no plastic bags for
your yard waste you can put twigs and leaves and grass
someone said that the leaves are still on the tree so the commissioner extended
it for two weeks twigs what about twigs twigs are okay
but branches can’t be thicker than two and a half inches and must be between
three and four feet long and they should twigs should be bundled and tied and you
should cut the branches in half and if they’re thicker than two and a half
inches you got to bring them down the yard your self thank you and in the rear
yard is open year-round okay good point weather permitting Monday through Friday
7:30 to three and it’s not open on Saturdays anymore until around mid March
you talked a little bit about mulching the Christmas tree let’s talk about
composting and there are compost bins available for folks correct yes we are
still selling compost bins for twenty five dollars and that’s wicked cheap too
a grant with the DEP love them we get to sell them for 25
bucks and then I went a point towards all the grants that I win while we win
yeah so so yeah yes so yeah okay the other the other recyclable item are
books so talk about there is a oh yeah at the yard
well yeah in the rear yard right you can take your yard waste you can take down
TVs air conditioners you can take down your appliances you can take down scrap
metal and you can take down books DVDs CDs every single school yard in Quincy
had a public school yard has a white textile recycling bin in that school
earns $100 a ton so this spring or whatever when you get you know Christmas
clothes and you want to get rid of the old stuff they’re accessible 24/7 the
schoolyards open the textile bin is open we also have one in the DPW yard which
is available 24/7 and what anything with mercury in it please bring it down to
the DPW and mercury that would be fluorescent lightbulbs the
long to the long tubes and also the swirly ones that those have mercury in
it and thermostats and thermo nucleus no thermostats and thermometers and what
else has mercury you know some some switches do but you wouldn’t know some
batteries do oh all rechargeable batteries should be brought down to the
DPW yard and for folks that just they have a C battery a D battery at triple-a
batteries yes those are all trash for the last ten years you can put ABCD in
the trash for the last as long as it’s not as older than ten years of course if
you have one that’s all that’s leaked all over the place but I know anyway I’m
going to put you on the spot because for those folks that missed the fall
household hazardous waste drop-off day there is one coming up in the spring in
the spring but that’ll be in the spring newsletter right so we could leave that
and we’re shooting for like we always shoot for the first week in June
but no date is set you know date yet but for those folks that do have items to go
to household hazardous waste they could either hold on to them or bring them
down to the yard ya know we don’t take gas and oil and stuff like that those
are the until the hazmat day however if you really need to get rid of something
because you like everyone else in Quincy you’re cashing in and selling your house
and you’ve got 20 years with the stuff in your basement call clean Havas they
are in the Quincy shipyard and they’re available on Saturdays for a small fee
to take all your most of your you have the phone number that you can put on we
will okay I don’t we certainly can um because you should call them to make
because they don’t do it every Saturday for I don’t know every once in a while
someone gets sick and they just don’t take it but I don’t know so you want to
call clean Havas in the Quincy shipyard it’s on mills at Mill Street if you’re
going down Quincy Ave headed south as soon as you hit the shipyard you go over
the train tracks it’s the next left okay right in there we should mention that
folks can get in touch with you through email as well oh yeah my email is six
one seven no that’s my phone number my email is Quincy recycle Quincy at Quincy
MA gov and we should mention again this is a winter update show so let’s go over
the winter parking rules for 2014 let’s be a good neighbor talk about that too
when we get a lot of snow good point it would be nice to be a good neighbor
especially for senior citizens but you also want to be very aware that you
might be on a school route and if you don’t shovel in front of your house then
some kids going to have to walk out in the street and if you’ve got these high
snow rows you know it’s going to be dangerous not just for the school kids
but for paramedics police fire and then if you you know if you’re if you’re
healthy and strong and you can do it you know consider maybe shoveling out a
fire hydrant or what else needs to be shoveled out sometimes Straub drains
storm drains if yeah if you have it in you if not call Fabrizio and the mayor’s
office he knows people that will help you we should mention that that
councillor Brad Kroll put a program together basically having kids shovel
out elderly folks the folks that need assistance elderly and I suppose folks
that just need assistance with their with their did they only do Ward – no I
don’t believe so I believe I believe that citywide issue I did initiated in
Ward 2 because of course calcic role I think that’s what I was doing when I
retire nobody old days we used to go around
with shovels and help people for nothing right help people get out of there absol
parking spot because everybody had rear-wheel drive well but council Kroll
again he is the war – counselor but right this is citywide he is the council
president so keep an eye on your neighbors and you know ice and snow be
careful yeah we’re basically talking about again elderly and folks that just
have difficulty moving around right but also you want to keep the front of your
house shoveled tell you watch but you also want you don’t want again you don’t
want piles to go up extremely high because they create blind yeah sometimes
yeah you want to be careful of that sometimes there’s no getting around it
but you don’t want to shovel into the street especially when the plow guy puts
it all in front of your house right call area certainly and you certainly don’t
want to shovel that back into the street right because all that will be wasted
when this when the cloud puts it back where he found it yeah very good
anything else you’d like to add for this no but I think I’m melting oh all right what that said I wish I was
melting that said thank you John for coming in
and talking about the winter at the department of public like an Irish which
I’m glad yeah that was a bit of Halloween and Christmas together there
yeah stent yeah and I and I could have put on
the old Irish accent there too no cool just keep on loaded loaded I’m always
loaded till till the spring thank you again for stopping by see you in the
spring see you in the spring alright and as we close Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays as we close this program we will have numbers on the screen that
give you access to the Department of Public Works but have a safe and happy
holiday season we will see you in the spring with a spring update you

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