Weekly Recycling Could Start July 16 [Poll]

Weekly recycling would cost an additional $38,000 for the entire year. The proposal awaits the town administrator's approval.


The Board of Health learned on Tuesday that the move from biweekly to weekly curbside in the coming fiscal year — which starts July 1 — would cost an additional $38,000.

The Hiltz trash and recycling contract would increase from the current $532,000 to $570,000 in Fiscal 2013 — July 1 to June 30.

The proposal needs only the town administrator's signature to take effect on July 16, said Jeff Vaughan, the town's director of public health.

Residents have lobbied for weekly recycling in town since the new waste reduction program took effect last October.

The first phase of the program limited residents to three barrels of trash.

Starting July 16, the program moves to its remaining phase —  a two-barrel limit per household. 

The town's budgeted amount for trash and recycling in the coming year would fund the weekly pick-up of recycled materials.

Board of Health member Lawrence Block said earlier that the waste reduction program would after its first full year result in considerable savings — projected at about $96,000 — and make weekly recycling possible in 2013.

On Tuesday board members were happy that the price of the additional pick-up of recycled materials, $38,000, was less than anticipated.

"That's pretty good for the money," Chairman Martha Dansdill said.

Citizen Swamp June 20, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Could we please get an analysis from the BOH on this project. If tipping costs are down $96K and I would assume revenue from recyclables is up slightly, what is the actual cost for the extra week of pickups. A simple spreadsheet might make it much easier to understand and support. CS
Bridget Russo June 20, 2012 at 09:43 PM
$96k is only the projected amount. I agree, let's see the actual data and then we can give our opinion. Also I thought we were not going to 2 bags/week. That is going to be very difficult for my family.
Citizen Swamp June 22, 2012 at 09:09 AM
Question, Why does it appear that Ms. Dansdill is the negotiating point person with Hiltz on our cost of our recycling service? During several televised Selectmen's Meeting she reporting prices she apparently negotiated for services. It would seem that any agreement we enter into as a community, (especially with long term cost ramifications) should be subject to a bid process or at least an RFP. CS
Mick June 22, 2012 at 07:10 PM
If we do pay for this additional pick-up, could we at least get non-sort pick up for the price.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »