Voters to decide on Rockland's pay-per-bag trash fees

By Daniel Dunkle | Aug 05, 2014
Opponents of pay-per-bag gather at City Hall.

Rockland — A group of Rockland residents seeking to overturn the city's new pay-per-bag policy for disposal of household trash submitted petitions at City Hall with about 700 signatures.

That is more than enough to force the city to put the question before voters in a referendum in November.

The petition signatures were turned in Friday, Aug. 1 and Monday, Aug. 4, according to City Clerk Stuart Sylvester. He said the petition only needed 476 signatures under the city's charter to call for a referendum on the issue.

The City Council still has to accept the petition and hold a public hearing, he said. That is scheduled for the council's Sept. 8 meeting.

The election is Nov. 4.

A split City Council voted to create the pay-per-bag system to pay for household trash disposal in July. By July 22, a group of citizens had launched the petition effort.

The new pay-per-bag fees are set at $2.25 per 33-gallon bag, $1.50 per 22-gallon bag and $0.75 for 12-gallon bags. Residents are still allowed to use their dump stickers until May 2015 under the council's plan.

Courier Publications News Director Daniel Dunkle can be reached at or 594-4401 ext. 122.

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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.

Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast since 1998.


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