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December 13, 2013

Merrimac receives grant to change waste collection to bags

But Board of Health regulations don't include necessary language


“We didn’t want to hold them to something like bundled pricing. The little guy can get in there and make money on the recycling. The small haulers will have less trash but more recyclables to make money,” Hurley said.

“The way that we wrote the regulations makes sense to us. We want the townspeople to be able to understand the regulations,” Hurley said.

Kishida stressed that the state is looking to support waste reduction and increased diversion.

“The Town of Merrimac BoH has passed a good private hauler regulation, but unfortunately, it does not meet the grant eligibility requirement,” she concluded.

A January workshop sponsored by MassDEP could help the town craft the exact wording for the regulations. The town has until March to still receive the grant if the regulations comply.

“All regulations can be changed at any time,” Hurley said.

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