Are we really saving money by limiting trash and barrel capacities?
Yes. In 2007 the Board of Selectmen reaffirmed this policy with the intention of not only protecting employees, but also as a way to increase recycling and cost savings through avoided trash disposal. With the combination of high disposal costs and recent tightening on all budgets, it has become necessary to continue to monitor the quantity of trash we dispose of weekly. For example, if we were to take what is perhaps the most common barrel tagged for non-compliance, the upright 45 gallon green barrel with wheels, and calculate the potential over weight estimations using this barrel and the number of households we service weekly, it could cost the Town an additional $23,348.53 per week.


45 gallon barrel holds 51 pounds
35 gallon barrel holds 40 pounds
= 11 lbs extra.
3 barrels per household x 11 lbs extra
= 33 lbs extra per household.
33 lbs extra per household x 16,796 households serviced per week.
= 554,268 lbs extra per week
= 277.134 tons
277.134 tons @ approx $84.25 per ton
= $23,348.53 extra/week

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1. I just returned home to find a non-compliance warning sticker on my barrel. What is it for?
2. I have been using this barrel for a long time and have not received a warning before, why?
3. Why does my barrel capacity matter?
4. Are we really saving money by limiting trash and barrel capacities?
5. What type of barrels can I use?
6. Can my barrel have wheels?
7. Can my barrel have handles?
8. Can my barrel have a lid?
9. Can my barrel have an attached/ hinged lid?
10. Is the Town responsible for the clean-up of scattered refuse due to vermin?
11. Is the Town providing these barrels to the residents?
12. When is my trash picked up?
13. What happens if my collection day falls on a holiday?
14. Are there any restrictions on what I can put in my trash?
15. So, what do I do with items that I cannot put in my trash?
16. When is the Recycle Drop-off Center on Mt. Wayte Ave open?
17. Where do my recyclables go?
18. Why can't I recycle my used pizza boxes?
19. Where does my trash go?
20. Why do I have to put my leaves and grass in special paper bags?
21. Can I use a borrowed or rental vehicle at the Recycling Drop-off Center?
22. Where can I get biodegradable leaf bags?
23. Are there any restrictions on the amount of trash and the size of the receptacle that can be placed for weekly curbside collection?
24. When is household hazardous waste collection day held?
25. How must I bundle my brush and yard waste?
26. How do I dispose of latex paint?
27. Can I have bulky house hold items picked up curbside?
28. What can I recycle?