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March 4, 2013

Mello to keep odors at bay

Company says no trash will be stored in Salisbury

SALISBURY — Hoping to allay local residents’ fears, the owners of G. Mello Disposal Corp. are promising their expansion into town will not pose a potentially odoriferous problem for the neighborhood.

The 38-year-old, Georgetown-based trash hauler will only be garaging and repairing its vehicles at its new Route 1 location in Salisbury, not storing trash onsite, marketing and public relations director Kelly Mello Woodsum said.

The company has a firm policy that it does not “ever leave a full trash truck” parked overnight, she said.

George Mello, the company founder and Woodsum’s father, is meticulous about that rule, said his daughter, in large part to prevent odors, which can bother neighbors and attract animals.

Woodsum added the company’s hauling vehicles are power-washed often and when the weather warms up, deodorizing powder is added to the trucks to alleviate smells that can be exacerbated in the heat.

“Trash has a bad reputation,” Woodsum said. “Trash is trash; it is what it is, but it’s a necessity we have and we deal with it. But we keep our location and our vehicles as neat and clean as possible, because that’s the way our father insists on running the company.”

Efficiency is another reason trucks are unloaded nightly, usually in Haverhill, Woodsum said.

In addition to providing private trash pickup, Mello is the contracted hauler for Newburyport, Amesbury and West Newbury and bills those communities by weight, she said.

Empty trucks are weighed quite early each morning before they leave the site, then weighed again before being unloaded. Woodum said it would be very inefficient to take a truck for unloading at 5:30 a.m. and then bring it back at the end of the day to be weighed again.

“No matter how late in the day, our trucks will not come back to Salisbury with trash in them,” Woodsum said. “We dump our trucks throughout the day at the appropriate locations, including our own location in Georgetown.”

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