April 21, 2018
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Lincoln catches break on trash compactor cleanup costs

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — The company that would sell the town a trash compactor for $99,070 has promised to clean the compactor site at no extra charge, thereby relieving town leaders of concerns about site toxins, officials said Sunday.

Public Works Department Director David Lloyd spoke with Atlantic Recycling Equipment of New Hampshire officials Thursday, he said.

“I would think that we will move forward with this replacement now,” Lloyd said.

The Town Council will reconsider the contractor purchase when it meets on May 14, Chairman Steve Clay said.

During its meeting Monday, the council tabled a motion to award the bid to Atlantic Recycling Equipment of New Hampshire to replace the town’s 32-year-old compactor so Lloyd could ask Atlantic whether it would clean up the compactor site at the town transfer station on Park.

Councilors had too many questions about the old compactor to vote for the purchase, which had been tabled at the council’s previous meeting, including how much a site analysis and cleanup would cost. Early estimates ran to about $20,000.

Lloyd, who has tried to secure from the council funding to clean and replace the compactor for two years, said he feared residents would be left with nowhere to bring trash if the old compactor failed. The machine works but isn’t likely to last much longer, he said.

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