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New trash program already seeing concerns

October 06, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — When they weren’t getting heated up over charter changes Monday, the Town Council spent much of its meeting talking about various aspects of the trash collection program.

Although trash has been an issue for years, it is taking center stage shortly as the Health Department kicks off its new “Reduce, Recycle, Beautify” campaign Oct. 17, but not without some controversy.

First in the controversy area for some residents is the deal the department is making with a firm calling itself GreenBrown Consulting of Dudley. That entity has no state Corporate Database listing and no town business certificate (as of Monday night); it seems to be a sole proprietorship of Erik Jacobson.

According to Health Director James Morin, Jacobson has a “materials recycling manager” certification from the Solid Waste Association of North America, and SWANA confirmed that fact by e-mail. Morin described him as “kind of a hands-on guy” with a farming background who was also an applicant for the recycling coordinator’s job last year, when Morin hired Kim Grant.

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

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