BROWNVILLE, Maine — Selectmen are comparing the costs between a town-owned and privately owned rubbish collection system as part of their effort to reduce expenses.
Brownville has long operated its own curbside household garbage pickup, but town officials believe costs could be reduced further by contracting with a private garbage collector. Residents are responsible for taking their demolition materials, furniture and appliances to the Penquis Solid Waste Corp. transfer station in Milo.
Town officials say the only one who has expressed an interest in the household garbage collection is Sean Bolen of Greenville, owner of Moosehead Rubbish, who also contracts with the corporation.
Selectmen authorized Town Manager Sophie Wilson to work with Bolen to develop a proposal for curbside garbage collection.
Bolen, who attended Wednesday’s meeting, said he could tailor any contract to the town’s specifications, which could include curbside pickup of recyclables.
Wilson said if the change was made, the town could sell its garbage truck. The town paid $35,525 in operational costs for garbage collection last year and made a loan payment of $14,055 on the truck. Wilson expects the town could save about $10,000 by making the switch.
That saving, however, hinges on what the Piscataquis County commissioners decide to do for garbage collection in the Unorganized Territory surrounding Brownville, according to Wilson. The town has provided garbage collection services for those residents in the past. She said the commissioners notified the town that they are exploring other options for solid waste in the Unorganized Territory.
Wilson said it would be expected that the new contractor would purchase the town’s truck and would give preference to the town’s employees affected by the change.