JONESBORO, Maine — The gates opened this week on a new privately owned transfer station in the Washington County community of Jonesboro that is accepting trash at 8 cents a pound and is paying 4 cents a pound for metal.
“Our biggest customer will be us,” owner Mark Wright said Wednesday. “We used to haul a lot of construction debris to a landfill in Marion Township, which was a matter of hauling small loads a long way.”
Wright said it took more than two years to obtain the needed permits and licenses for the new landfill.
“We’re offering people another option other than municipal trash collection, and we take just about anything” he said. “At 8 cents a pound, this may or may not be a more affordable option. For people whose trash includes kitty litter or lots of diapers, it may not prove to be cost-effective, compared to paying for a municipal trash sticker. For others, it may a cost-saver. I understand that 4 cents a pound for metal is not a lot, but if, for example, you had an old bicycle that you took to a place like the Pleasant River transfer station, you wouldn’t get anything for it.”
Wright said the refuse that the new facility collects will be consolidated and hauled to a trash-to-energy facility in Orrington.
The new facility on Route 1 is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
For more information, call 483-4444.