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Officials working toward new trash program

'Pay as you Throw' may come this summer

March 20, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Although some logistical items still need to be addressed, members of the Sturbridge Board of Health remain hopeful that a pay-as-you-throw trash disposal program will be initiated in July.

"We have some issues to sort out right now, such as selecting a company for the bags and getting contracts in place with retailers that will be selling them," said Board of Health Chairman Linda Cocalis.

The program would allow residents to purchase specific sized bags dedicated to trash collection. Fees for a small bag would likely be in the vicinity of 50 cents, while a large bag would cost around $1. All money gained by the purchases of these bags will help the town cap an account for the local landfill. In addition, because there is a small fee involved in the purchasing of bags, Board of Health members predict the program will encourage better recycling practices among residents.

"The people of Sturbridge already do a tremendous job of recycling, but this program will lead to even better habits and help cap the landfill," added Cocalis. "Thanks to this program we probably won't need a bond in ten years to cap the landfill. Pay as you throw is kind of like a savings account because money will be put into it every year."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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