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Wilton recycling fees to rise

  • The Wilton Select Board discussed ambulance wages and purchasing of equipment during a meeting with ambulance member towns on Tuesday. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • The Wilton Select Board discussed ambulance wages and purchasing of equipment during a meeting with ambulance member towns on Tuesday. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Users of the Wilton Recycling Center can expect fees for individual items to go up in the coming year, as the center tries to address rising costs of disposing of them.

During a joint meeting between several user towns in Wilton on Monday night, Wilton Town Administrator Scott Butcher explained that the fees are still within the standard of recycling centers in other nearby communities, and are meant to reflect the cost that the center accrues in getting rid of them.

“We need to make it at least a break-even proposition, and this is going to put us in the middle of the pack when it comes to rates,” said Butcher.

Costs would increase from anywhere to an additional $2 to $15 for most items, including bathtubs and sinks, furniture, small televisions, mattresses, dryers and washers, dishwashers and stoves. Acceptance of demolition or landfill waste would increase from $60 per cubic yard to $105 per ton. 

Wilton Recycling Center serves Wilton, Lyndeborough, Temple, Mason and Greenville residents. 

One measure the center took this year to deter non-resident users was to implement a sticker system. When Temple Selectwoman Gail Cromwell asked how that system had been received and its results, Butcher replied that, at least anecdotally, center workers had been seeing less commercial-grade material being dropped off. 

In hard numbers, the center had distributed just over 2,000 stickers to users, with 45 percent of those going to Wilton residents, 12 percent to Lyndeborough, 15 percent to Temple, 11 percent to Mason and 12 percent to Greenville. 

Cromwell asked about charging a small fee, such as $5, for stickers, as a way to offset the cost of the center.

Wilton Selectman Kermit Williams said that idea had been considered last year as well, but logistics and administrative costs were likely to wipe out whatever benefit charging would gain. Butcher also had concerns about people dumping their trash rather than pay even a nominal usage fee. 

“The thought has always been that if you charge, they might start doing something else with their trash, and we’ll have to start picking it up from the side of the road,” said Butcher.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.