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Updated: Selectmen Approve Weekly Recycling

On Wednesday the board voted to increase the frequency of recycling to every week starting now.

Updated: Selectmen Approve Weekly Recycling Updated: Selectmen Approve Weekly Recycling


Selectmen voted unanimously on Wednesday to use savings from the town's waste reduction program to fund weekly recycling.

Martha Dansdill of the Board of Health told selectmen the time was right for the change.

The town's waste reduction program — a two-barrel limit on trash — has reduced the amount of trash hauled by 20 percent or 1,000 tons, she said.

The estimated $30,000 in savings will fund the move from biweekly to weekly pick-up of recycled materials in the current fiscal year, 2013, ending June 30, 2013.

The selectmen voted to start the weekly recycling now.

The town contracts with Hiltz Disposal for curbside trash pickup and recycling.

Meanwhile, local recycling increased by 80 tons; and the recycling rate increased from 17 to 22 percent, she said.

Selectman Barry Greenfield said the town should have weekly recycling considering the hefty price it pays for its trash and recycling — a $950,000 line item in the budget.

He also said he'd like to see the recycling rate double.

Selectman Jill Sullivan said the rate will bump up immediately and significantly with weekly recycling.

Town Administrator Tom Younger and staff are adjusting the proposed 2014 budget to accomodate weekly recycling in the next fiscal year, starting July 1.

"We are currently reviewing the FY14 proposed departments' (spending) to adjust funding for July 1 programming," he said in an email Thursday. "Also additional revenues could be used to fund it."

The Board of Health was at the selectmen's meeting. 

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