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« on: August 10, 2009, 12:12:12 PM »

from the Eagle Tribune

New trash collection program underway in Londonderry
By Eric Parry
eparry@eagletribune.com
August 10, 2009 12:08 am



LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Town officials have received almost four times as many requests for extra trash barrels than they were expecting.

The extra barrels are in addition to the one free 65-gallon barrel each resident receives from the town under a new trash program that began this month.

Under the new program, Allied Waste Services will only pick up trash using the cans provided.

The new program uses a special truck that has a mechanical arm to pick up the bin. Since the method only requires one driver, the program is a major cost savings to the town.

Doris Beatty, an engineer with the town's environmental division, said the town has received 199 requests for an additional barrel, with the majority being homes with more than six residents or special needs occupants. Those residents will have the annual fee to lease an extra can waived.

Beatty said she was expecting about 50 requests.

"This is a lot, in my opinion," she said.

Residents pay $150 for an additional 32-gallon barrel for the first year, and $105 for subsequent years. An extra 65-gallon barrel would cost $200 for the first year and $150 for subsequent years.

The new trash program is supposed to save the town $360,000 in waste disposal costs over the next five years and boost the town's recycling rate.

Residents can recycle as many cans, bottles and paper as they want, and collection of recycling will remain the same.

Trash collection is a major municipal expense. Londonderry will spend $1.6 million for the service next year. The previous contract cost the town $1.9 million a year.

But Beatty said the contract with Allied Waste Services is still being finalized. She said the additional barrels could add to the cost of the contract.

"It could potentially have a financial impact," she said.

The final barrels are being delivered to residents this week, and only the new containers will be picked up going forward, Beatty said.

The town has also been selling a steady stream of extra trash bags for weeks when residents may produce a little more than a 65-gallon barrel will hold. Those bags are $3 and have been selling well, but Beatty didn't have a tally on exactly how many have been sold so far.

http://www.eagletribune.com/punewsnh/local_story_222001012.html
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2009, 12:13:18 PM »

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But Beatty said the contract with Allied Waste Services is still being finalized. She said the additional barrels could add to the cost of the contract.

Another open ended contract, yeah!
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