The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 18, 2002


Transfer sticker fees to increase

On January 8, Gary Davis of the DPW approached the selectmen with a request to increase the transfer station sticker fee to $15 from the current $10. In addition, he wants to introduce a $100 fee for contractors and other heavy users of the construction waste dumpsters. These fees are necessary to cover rising costs resulting from tighter restrictions on what can be dumped in the general trash compactors.

Jim McGarry of Curve Street displays an impressive array of transfer station stickers on the front bumper of his pick-up truck. (Photo courtesy of Lyn Pohl)

Non-incinerated trash costly

Transfer station fees were implemented to pay for the handling of refuse not covered under the town's contract for trash incineration. For example, TVs and computer monitors can no longer go into the incinerators due to recent regulations that ban items with lead content. The town now pays approximately $10 each to get rid of discarded TVs and computers. Tires, batteries, and florescent light bulbs also require separate treatment According to Davis, the town's costs to handle all these items is approximately $25,000 per year.

In addition, the town pays approximately $50,000 per year for removal of construction debris such as sheetrock and roofing materials which have also been banned from incineration. Davis suggested a $100 fee be levied against each contractor applying for a pass to use the transfer station on behalf of a Carlisle client. Selectman Doug Stevenson expressed concern that people with small amounts of building materials would be tempted to dump them in the general trash compactor to avoid the fee. It was suggested that customers bringing material in trash cans, as opposed to dump trucks, not be required to pay the fee. The selectmen voted to raise the sticker fee to $15 and to consider the construction materials dumping fee at a later date.

Few violators found

Davis responded to a suggestion that stickers be routinely checked to avoid Carlisle's becoming a "magnet " for dumpers from other towns by pointing out that spot checks had not found many violations. Apparent violators seen at the Transfer Station without stickers are often residents who "don't like to put a sticker on their car." Davis added, "To pay someone to be there every day, we just wouldn't get our money back."

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito