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Pedal People Cooperative Inc. is a worker-owned human-powered delivery and hauling service for items under 300 pounds in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. It was started in December 2002 by Ruthy Woodring and Alex Jarrett. We are now an incorporated cooperative business with 13 active workers as of May 2013.
We now have 11 bike trailers in our fleet. Five are six-foot long Bikes At Work bicycle trailers with a hitch that attaches to the rear chainstay. The bed of the trailer is 19" wide and 64" inches long. It has a capacity of 300 pounds. We also have 96-inch trailers and an extra wide 64-inch we use for picking up the downtown trash. For pictures and more information, see the Bikes At Work web site.
Besides recycling & trash and groceries, we've hauled bicycles, couches, washers/dryers, futons, tables, computers, cats, friends, laundry, a king-size bed, lumber, windows, memorial stones, refrigerators, solar panels, a 100 square foot greenhouse, CSA shares, trees stumps and trunks, sand, leaves, and compost.
Keep riding! We have warm mittens, face masks and boots, and studded tires if need be. Over the last few years we've figured out what to wear to be comfortable in almost any weather. See our gear tips page for more details.
We are in business not just to make a living, but to be a living model of a different way to do things in a car- and profit-centric culture. We like to share how and why we do what we do. We are generally available to go to schools, fairs, conferences, etc., that are within biking distance of Northampton. We ask for a sliding scale contribution of $0 to $500 - whatever your organization can afford. We are potentially available for more distant gatherings, but need help covering travel expenses.
We accept several different kinds of items, which must be separated from each other.
We have two levels of pricing for our single-family trash customers. If on average you produce 30 gallons (about one trash barrel) or less of trash per pickup, then our rates are $32 a month for weekly service and $22 a month for biweekly. If you make up to 60 gallons, we charge $40 for weekly and $28 for biweekly. This is based on the average, so if you normally produce 20 gallons of trash a week, and once in while you have 40 gallons, you'll still stay at the under-30 rate.
For single-family pickups, we can only guarantee to take three 18-gallons tubs of recycling per pickup, unless prior arrangements are made.
We bill in advance, in 3 or 6-month periods. For the first pickup, we'll start right away, and you'll have 30 days to pay. Our standard prices are for single-family households. Additional bag charges are added to the next bill.
Everything must be out by 8 a.m. on your pickup day. Trash & recyclables will be picked up anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
In the event of a major storm on your pickup day, we'll call or e-mail you to inform you of a postponement as soon as we know. On average, we postpone two times per winter season. If your pickup day falls on the following holidays, it will be postponed one day: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. In some cases we might contact you to let you know of a different delay arrangement.
If at any time you are unsatisfied with Pedal People's service, we will be happy to refund the remaining unused portion of your bill.
Refer any regular recycling & trash customer and you'll get a $15 credit.