Salem switching to curbside

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Salem switching to curbside

Postby RBarnes » Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:30 pm

Along with Hudson, now Salem is looking to dump their transfer station in favor of curbside.

From the Union Leader (sorry I don't have the link but it's from Dec 22nd)
After a two-year study, the Municipal Solid Waste Committee has recommended that the town move forward with a warrant article to implement curbside waste pickup. E.L. Harvey, of Westborough, Mass., was chosen out of seven companies that submitted proposals.


“It’s a win-win situation for the town of Salem and the recycling program,” Hargreaves said.

The committee researched all options from pay-as-you-go to curbside pickup and found E.L. Harvey & Sons to offer the best service, Hargreaves said. Switching to curbside service brings convenience and environmental benefits to residents, Hargreaves said.

Operating the transfer station costs the town about $1.25 million annually, according to Donald Freeman, Municipal Solid Waste Committee member. It serves about 8,250 households. Based on the median home price of $275,000, Freeman estimated that the current system costs an average taxpayer $101.68 a year, with a tax impact of roughly 33 cents per thousand.


The transfer station has its advantages, Freeman said. About 52 percent of the residents use it and it allows for convenient disposal of yard waste, oil, and bulky items. However, the 48 percent of residents using private collection receive little benefit.

Sounds to me as if they have an even higher percent of their town using the station.

From reading up on whats being proposed, they are also keeping the transfer station, similar to how Merrimack proposed as a bulky item site, but they will sell stickers for usage at $10 each.

It's going to be interesting to watch how this is pitched to their town when it comes up for a public vote.
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