January 13, 2015
A state law that was passed to encourage universal recycling could have the opposite of its intended effect in Hartford, where town leaders are seeking to scuttle the town’s curbside recycling program.
Because Vermont’s Act 148 requires trash haulers to accept recyclables beginning this July, Selectboard Co-chairman Ken Parker said the town could save taxpayers $180,000 by pulling back, leaving private haulers to step in and fill the void.
“There comes a point in time where we have to say, you’re going to pay for this on your own,” he said.
Selectman Simon Dennis, however, said eliminating municipal curbside recycling pickup would be bad for residents, because private haulers would respond to the town’s move by increasing rates.