GREENVILLE, Maine — Residents will have an opportunity this week to comment on future trash disposal costs as the town prepares to revise its solid waste disposal system.
Several options prepared by a volunteer Transfer Station Development Committee will be discussed at a hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the municipal building.
“The intent is to present all this to the public and then simply hear comment,” Greenville Town Manager John Simko said recently. He said the committee will consider the comments aired Wednesday before presenting its recommendations to the Board of Selectmen.
Because the town must close its landfill as ordered by the Department of Environmental Protection, town officials are working to replace it with a transfer station. With that change, the town will have to face costs associated with transportation and tipping fees of household solid waste. Town officials are looking for ways to offset those future costs.
To do that, the committee has offered several options including having residents purchase a $20 sticker each year for access to the transfer station; a $1 per-trash-bag fee; a $74.45 per-ton fee for bulk solid waste that exceeds one-half ton in weight; and $94 a ton for bulk construction debris that exceeds one-half ton.
In addition, residents have the option of ending the taxpayer-funded curbside collection of solid waste and recycling.
Simko said about 1,000 tons of rubbish and an average of 375 tons of demolition debris per year is deposited at the landfill. Currently, there is no fee for residents or local rubbish collectors to dump solid waste at the landfill. The town does, however, charge $94 a ton for demolition debris, which includes the rental cost of a container, transportation and the tipping fee, according to Simko.
Based on current expenses, Simko said the committee estimates it will cost $110,700 a year for the transportation and disposal of household trash and demolition debris. That fee, combined with collection costs, amount to a yearly fee of $158,500. If all of the options proposed by the committee are implemented, which includes the sticker fee, the fee per bag, and the proposed tipping fees, it would generate revenue of $155,988 a year.
The difference, along with the landfill closure costs and any debt service, likely will be obtained through property taxation. The towns of Shirley and Beaver Cove and the three unorganized territories that share the facility also will pay a percentage of the costs.