Sticker system planned for center

  • Wilton Select Board Chair Kermit Williams discusses the future of the Wilton Recycling Center. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/18/2016 7:21:04 PM

The Wilton Select Board will be implementing a sticker system at the recycling center, in hopes of cutting down on out-of-town users driving up costs.

The town of Wilton ultimately has control of the center, but four other towns – Lyndeborough, Temple, Mason and Greenville – also use the center and contribute to its running costs. Wilton recently sent letters to the member towns about the possibility of starting to use stickers, among other possible changes, but Lyndeborough was the only town that requested to have input.

In a joint meeting between Lyndeborough and Wilton, the two select boards discussed the possibility of stickers and ultimately agreed it was a good idea.

The boards agreed that the stickers should be distributed from the recycling center, not have a cost to members, and should expire every two years. Effective Jan. 1, cars without stickers will be turned away from the recycling center.

The boards also discussed a provision in the contract that governs the towns use of the recycling center that states that there should be a committee with a representative from each of the towns. The committee was once active, meeting a few times a year, but several years ago it died out and was never resurrected

The committee’s original purpose was to encourage recycling initiatives and to update the recycling board at the station, but both towns agreed that it would not be a bad thing to give all member towns more input into the running of the center if the committee worked as an advisory to the Wilton Select Board.

The boards also discussed the possibility of one or more towns pulling out of the recycling center in favor of a construction materials recycling center that recently was approved for construction in Greenville.

If that were to happen, it may be a case of the other towns having to absorb the loss, said Wilton Select Board member Dan Donovan – many of the costs of the center are fixed, and it makes little difference how much recyclables are coming in, except that revenues will go down.

“If we’re taking in 20 percent less trash, does that mean a 20 percent drop in costs?” said Donovan. “I don’t think it does.”

Ashley Saari can be reached at 923-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com.


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