Selectmen Considering Trash Fee Reduction
The Stoneham Board of Selectmen discussed possibly reducing the trash fee at their meeting on Tuesday night at Town Hall.
The Stoneham Board of Selectmen are looking into possibly reducing the town's trash fee.
During Tuesday night's Selectmen's session at Town Hall, Town Administrator David Ragucci said that Stoneham has been "trending downward on the tonage" in terms of garbage disposal. Ragucci and Selectman Robert Sweeney explained that due to this fact, they were in favor of the initiative to reduce garage fees for a majority of residents.
Ragucci and Sweeney explained they supported a $20 reduction effective July 1 as long as we current levels. Ragucci also pointed out that the reduction "may come back if the tonage increases."
Ragucci and Sweeney discussed how the reduction will affect current full-rate residents and not those on a flat, unadjustable rate like Stonehamites that live in condominiums.
Added to the reduction, Ragucci said that the majority of residents will be able to desegregrate their products when recycling; meaning bottles, cans, paper and other recyclables don't have to be shifted into their own bin. This too will reduce tonage, according to the selectmen. Using larger bins was also discussed.
The overall decrease in tonage may be due to economic factors and given the current fiscal climate, "people may be holding onto things a little longer," Ragucci said.
Discussion surrounding the possible reduction and recycling overhauls were inspired by what the Selectmen saw as a need to increase exposure to recycling and proper waste managment to keep tonage at their current levels and save Stoneham money.
"We have to do a better job of advertising what can be recycled," said Selectman Tom Boussy, "especially if [it will] save a couple of bucks."
Sweeney added: "I believe we could drop the fee even further or have it for everyone, but this is a good start."
However, despite overall satisfaction with their intent, Ragucci and Sweeney had no data ready to view the overall impact of the reduction and so the subject wasn't voted on. The selectmen tabled the issue until a future meeting.