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Friday, December 5, 2008

Transfer Station fees rising to $25

Faced with decreased recycling reimbursements and increases in the disposal cost of hazardous waste, the Selectmen unanimously voted on November 25 to increase the price of an annual Transfer Station sticker from $15 to $25 effective January 1, 2009. The cost of each additional vehicle in a household will remain at $10.

Reimbursement went from “$64 a ton from just paper and cardboard down to $20 a ton this past month,” according to Gary Davis of the Department of Public Works. “We were collecting $30,000 last year,” he said and estimated that it “may be $20,000 this year.” The town receives more money per ton of metal, but it does not recycle nearly the same amount as paper. He reported that plastics recycling costs were flat; the town does not collect any money from recycling the items, but it does not cost the town money. Davis encouraged town residents to keep brown and green glass out of the clear glass area to increase town reimbursement for this item. Costs for disposing hazardous waste, the initial cause of the Transfer Station fee, have increased 40% over time.

“We encourage people to recycle more and more,” said Rob Perry, Chairman of the Household Recycling Committee and East Riding Drive resident. “Last year we had our best year in a long time.” According to town data, last year Carlisle recycled 36% of its waste.

Fee hike to raise $20,000

Davis estimated that the town sells slightly more than 2,000 Transfer Station licenses a year. The increased fee will bring the town an additional $20,000 a year. Although in July of this year the town had only sold about half the number of licenses, town purchases did reach the 2,000 mark by the fall.

The Selectmen and the town recycling committee discussed several methods to improve the Transfer Station, including joining with other towns and a drop-off of reimbursable bottles to benefit the town’s Caroline Hill fund. However, Davis reiterated the best immediate change that residents can make is to separate recyclable items and place them in the proper location. He noted, “it costs us $70 a ton when things are not separated.” Perry spoke of continuing plans to promote proper recycling and educate new town residents.

Selectmen chairman Doug Stevenson concluded, “It’s also fun to go to the Transfer Station” but quickly added “unless you are in a rush!” ∆

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