The town has been able to hold the line on trash fees, thanks to a new contract with the company that incinerates the town's waste.
Public Works Director Robert Hoffman said that fees, which could have changed on Oct. 1, will stay at $190 per household. The new 20-year contract with Wheelabrator of Millbury reduces the per-ton disposal rate from $113 to approximately $75, Hoffman said.
In other trash-related news, the Public Works Department is trying to expand town-wide recycling efforts by placing more recycling bins in schools and other public buildings and making students and staff more aware of the importance of recycling.
In 2006, about 38 percent of incoming material to the transfer station from municipal buildings was recyclable. Hoffman said he hopes to push that rate over 40 percent this year.
-- Stephanie V. Siek
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