April 24, 2018
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Greenville waste disposal vote set

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

GREENVILLE, Maine — Greenville residents will have a set of recommendations regarding solid waste disposal to vote on at the annual June town meeting.

The town’s transfer development committee, which has been studying the future of solid waste in the community for about 18 months, presented a list of recommendations to selectmen on Wednesday.

Town Manager John Simko said the committee had investigated a variety of fee schedules and visited transfer stations in the state to see how the facilities were operated as part of its study.

The town plans to create a transfer station since the Department of Environmental Protection has ordered it to close the grandfathered landfill. DEP officials say the landfill is affecting the nearby groundwater.

The towns of Shirley and Beaver Cove and the three areas of Unorganized Territory that use Greenville’s solid waste facility will share in the future costs of the transfer station using a formula based on population and building value.

To help offset the future solid waste costs, the committee has recommended that users be required to purchase an annual $20 sticker for each vehicle using the facility. Simko said engineers say about 2,700 people use the current landfill and it is estimated that as many as 2,500 vehicles would use the transfer station.

In addition, the committee has recommended no charge for residents who bring three or fewer 30-gallon trash bags a day to the facility. It is proposed that those who bring more than two or larger bags to the facility be charged a bulk rate based on weight of garbage. That rate, estimated at $79 a ton, is based on the cost of transporting the garbage to Maine Waste Management in Norridgewock, a $58 tipping fee, and the container rental, according to Simko.

The committee also has recommended elimination of the publicly funded curbside trash collection and the one-day-a-month curbside recycling collection.

This move would bring parity to those who use the landfill and do not participate in curbside pickup, according to Simko. He said it is difficult to have parity if residents put more than three bags at curbside and are not charged extra, yet those residents who drive to the transfer station are charged extra.

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