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Trouble at the Transfer Station

Town officials say the down economy, and high price of metal, has led to pickers raiding the metal pile at the transfer station.

Trouble at the Transfer Station Trouble at the Transfer Station

Town officials say people are stealing discarded items from the metal pile at the transfer station.

“We are having some trouble with the metal pile because people are going down there and stealing it because they can get a good rate,” Town Administrator Michael Sullivan told the Board of Selectmen at their last meeting.

“Yes, people are picking,” said Ken Feeney, Superintendent of Medfield’s Department of Public Works.   “The metal has been a problem and my guys are doing a pretty good job and staying on top of it.  The area is so clean because that’s what they do:  When someone puts something in there, they go back and grab it and put it in the dumpster so people can’t pick it.”  

Feeney said they have talked to people who are picking “telling them ‘No picking’ and ‘Stop’ and they stop.” 

“But that’s the economy,” he said.  “It’s a tough economy right now.  A lot of people are out of work and the price of metal is up – it’s very expensive.”

Feeney said the DPW will soon install signs that say “All metal is the property of the Town of Medfield”, and “No Picking.”

Feeney said the department seems to be doing a good job derailing metal pickers because now thieves are cutting copper cords off appliances.  That issue is being watched as well.

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