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State Solid Waste Report

Postby Michael Thompson » Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:19 am

http://des.nh.gov/SWTAS/pdf/rec_mun.pdf

Interesting information regarding recycling, most of the towns with higher recycling have PAYT in place.

You want to lower taxes, PAYT will make the Transfer Station a zero sum tax. You would be in control of your expenses for solid waste.
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Re: State Solid Waste Report

Postby Michael Pelletier » Wed Oct 03, 2007 11:56 am

I'd be interested to know whether the towns with higher recycling rates have more user-friendly sorting requirements, also.
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Re: State Solid Waste Report

Postby RD » Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:34 pm

Michael Pelletier wrote:I'd be interested to know whether the towns with higher recycling rates have more user-friendly sorting requirements, also.

I think that plays a big role. Goffstown, for example, has curbside pickup of co-mingled recyclables. Although they have a higher recycling rate than Merrimack, I would think it would be even higher considering the ease of recycling in Goffstown. I suspect that resident mindset also plays a role in recycling rates.
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Re: State Solid Waste Report

Postby Michael Pelletier » Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:26 am

I have curbside pickup of co-mingled recyclables too - the only thing I have to separate out is the paper. It's much less hassle than having half a dozen different bins and spending half an hour sorting on Saturday morning.
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Re: State Solid Waste Report

Postby RD » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:15 am

I thought I had curbside pick up of co-mingled recyclables in Merrimack too. Back when I first moved to Merrimack, the second day there, the owner of Less Mess Trash Pickup came to my door asking me to use his service. He said I can recycle - just put recyclables in a separate box or something. I did this for several months, then one day when I happened to be home I saw his truck come by and just dump everything - solid waste and recyclables - into the back of the truck. Needless to say, I stopped putting out recyclables for him at that point.

I stayed with him, though, because his rates were competative. But as soon as he raised his rates after successfully lobbying for the TS, I fired him.
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Re: State Solid Waste Report

Postby Michael Pelletier » Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:21 am

Some of the dumps or transfer stations do trash-stream sorting of recyclables, so if they're putting trash on one side of the truck and recyclables on the other, or if a big clump of cardboard falls out of the truck, it's straightforward for the dump to pluck out the recyclable stuff when the dumping takes place.
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