Greenville to change solid waste operation

Posted Sept. 03, 2009, at 10:39 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:11 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — Greenville is embarking on a costly change in its solid waste operation. At a public hearing at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 in the municipal building, opinions will be sought from residents about what they want or don’t want for future solid waste services.

Additionally, selectmen are seeking volunteers to serve on a Transfer Station Development Committee to help guide them through the design and implementation of the new project.

The Department of Environmental Protection has ordered the town to submit a closing plan for its grandfathered landfill by Oct. 1 and begin the work by next spring. The town hopes to get the DEP’s permission to close the landfill in phases from 2010 to 2014 to spread the costs out over several years.

“We’re going to have to close the landfill in the next few years and we need to have a transfer station, and with that we’re potentially going to overhaul our entire solid waste system,” Town Manager John Simko said Thursday. That overhaul will address a fee structure, curbside pickup, hours of operation, and the layout and de-sign of the facility for the customer, he noted.

The changes will affect all residents who use the Greenville Landfill and Recycling Center, so these users should have a say in what the town ends up doing for solid waste, Simko said.

Feedback from the public hearing will be incorporated into discussions by the soon-to-be-appointed Transfer Station Development Committee. Simko said volunteers are being sought to serve on the committee.

He said he hopes the committee will represent as many stakeholders as possible, including a business that produces a large amount of recycling and rubbish, a senior citizen, a high school student, a hospital representative, a camp association representative, a building contractor, a trash hauler and residents at large. The landfill and recycling center coordinators, code enforcement officer, public works foreman, engineer, town manager and a selectman also will serve on the committee.

Simko said the committee would work with the engineers and staff to develop a series of plans for a new transfer station, will report periodically to selectmen on the status of the project and will present information to the public at scheduled meetings.

Those interested in serving on the committee should call the town office or a town official.

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