Letter: Recycling saves money In Hopkinton

Published: 7/12/2019 11:04:20 AM
Modified: 7/12/2019 11:04:09 AM

Recycling is alive and well in Hopkinton. Like other towns in the capital area, Hopkinton and Webster are “source separating” towns. Residents sort their own recyclables, which are then baled and stored to sell on the market for the best price. Currently, all recyclables create revenue for Hopkinton, except mixed paper.

Our trash is sent to an incinerator. Sixteen to 18 tons per day are shipped to the incinerator at a cost of $75 per ton. Mixed paper costs between $25 and $35 dollars per ton. Separating paper from general trash cuts the cost in half.

The recycling market is expected to improve, but we can all do our part now by reducing the trash we create.

■Refuse single-use plastics – bring your own bags.

■Reduce packaging, go paperless.

■Reuse containers, bring your own travel cups and mugs.

■Recycle what you can, and reduce what you use.



(The writer is a member of the Hopkinton/Webster Recycling Committee.)

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