Tuesday night, the Hanson Board of Health held a public hearing where they approved the new rules and regulations for the town’s transfer station and recycling center. The board began restructuring the document last summer in order to clear any vague language or rules. The biggest change: Only Hanson residents will be able to obtain a sticker to use the station, non-residents will no longer have access.
Chair Richard Edgehille explained why this alteration was necessary, “It costs us money. You don’t think one or two–but it’s more than one or two, and we’re taking their rubbish and you know it’s costing the town of Hanson money, so we want to stop that.”
The new rules and regulations will go into effect September 1st.
The board stated that this is only the beginning of a multi-phase process where they plan to redesign the layout of the current transfer station to accommodate residents. Chair Edgehille stated that the approval of the new rules and regulations is the first, and easiest, phase in a long process, “Well let’s see who dares bring phase 2 and 3 up, you know because that’s going to be a hot item. As soon as you start costing money to the people, this room will be full.”
The board is considering a pay-as-you-go system for trash disposal as well as other programs. The timeframe for the next phases is unknown.