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Letter: In Gilmanton, an underused community resource

I see household trash as a revenue stream, a source of income to the town. Currently Gilmanton stands by and watches our fellow citizens turn this revenue stream into a whirlpool that sucks not only our tax dollars down the drain but also the savings from recyclers.

Waste disposal is becoming more expensive. The practical solution is to divert and possibly process various components of our trash. On March 12, Gilmanton will have an opportunity to vote on Warrant Article 38: “To see if the town will vote to authorize the selectmen to require separation of all recyclables deposited at the Gilmanton Transfer Station and to set such rules and regulations in place as soon as possible in order to maximize the cost benefits.”

Required separation of recyclables is just an extension of what we already do. With today’s voluntary process, we separate less than 20 percent of our household waste. Again, the household waste stream is a revenue source which should enable us to manage costs in an orderly and economical way.

Why do we want to start this program as soon as possible? One, it could be done with little or no startup cost. Two, savings start immediately both by reducing tipping fees and selling recyclables. Three, the benefits are not a one-time deal. They continue year after year.

Help put Gilmanton on the right track by supporting separation of recyclables, and remember: Our town gets cash when you separate your trash.

Gilmanton

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