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January 16, 2013

Residents adjusting to pay-as-you-throw

Officials say some seniors concerned at cost

NEWBURY — A new pay-as-you-throw fee structure for rubbish disposal at the transfer station has been generating mostly positive feedback, but there are still some in town who aren’t convinced the program offers the best deal for all residents, Town Administrator Tracy Blais said.

The new program, a public/private partnership that has G. Mello Disposal Corp. of Georgetown overseeing trash management and day-to-day operation of the transfer station for the community, went into effect Jan. 1.

Town officials anticipate the program will be a revenue generator. In lieu of payment for its service, Mello will evenly split the net income of the transfer station operation with the town. In exchange, Newbury will no longer pay for any of the transfer station’s operating costs.

The new plan replaces an annual sticker program. Now, residents wishing to dispose of trash pay a per-bag fee at the transfer station. Small, white kitchen bags cost $1 and larger, black trash bags, holding 35 gallons or less, cost $2. There is no charge for disposing of recyclable materials and no limit to how much trash or recyclables can be dropped off. A listing of prices for large household items, construction debris and white goods is posted on the town website, www.townofnewbury.org.

Used motor oil, oil-based paint and hazardous materials of any kind may not be disposed of at the transfer station. Separate hazardous waste collection days will be held during the year. A list of allowable household hazardous waste items for these special days can be viewed on the G. Mello website.

People who previously used their transfer station stickers as a parking pass can now purchase a parking permit at the town clerk’s office for $20.

Board of Health Chairman Steve Fram reported to selectmen last week that the positive feedback he has received on the new trash disposal program far outweighs any negative comments. He said several people have even taken the extra time to come into the Board of Health office to compliment the town on the change.

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