Published DateTo the editor,
Gilmanton — does it make economic sense to separate recyclables from your trash?
First, Gilmanton is ideally positioned for separation of recyclables because of its population, current recycling facility and associated land, and ability to market processed recyclables. From 2007 to 2011, our cost to incinerate trash has gone up $24.25 per ton. The 2012 rate was $66.80 per ton. Costs to haul have gone up $5,234.60. This contract is to be negotiated this year and the hauling company has been sold. As you can clearly see, disposal costs have and will rise. That's the downside of trash.
Let's look at what we currently do to offset this expense. Right now, on a voluntary basis, we divert less than 20 percent of our trash. Some authorities estimate that more than 90 percent of our trash is divertible. This gives us great upside potential. Of what we did divert in 2011, the town took in nearly $39,000 in revenue and avoided more than $15,000 in disposal costs.
In 2011, we spent $290,000 plus on the Transfer Station. This year we are budgeted for around $267,000, but with contract negotiations for hauling and disposing pending, who knows? What we do know for sure is that the more we divert from the waste stream, the more we process that material, the greater the savings and higher the revenue. So I feel the answer to my question is yes. If we come together as a community with a common goal of reduction in volume of our trash, it does make sense. Let's not let that revenue stream, our trash, become a whirlpool that sucks our dollars down the drain.
Action now (voting) is wiser than sitting aside and sighing and waiting and watching the costs rise.
Don't waste your waste.
Vote YES on Article #38.