Plymouth: Selectmen postponed decision on solid waste disposal plan

No decision yet by Plymouth’s Board of Selectmen concerning possible changes in the way the town will dispose of its solid waste.  Wednesday night the Board was presented several options by DPW Director Jonathan Beder and consultants Weston & Sampson.

The options are based on projected costs in 2016, a year after the SEMASS contract expires. They include keeping the status quo, and rebuilding the South Street Transfer station, while keeping the other two and going to curbside collection with a pay as you throw option.

The meeting room was filled with a questioning audience, one of them, town resident and former DPW Director George Crombie, agreed with the Board’s postponement of a decision and believes a more comprehensive study is needed:

“The study should also be peer reviewed by outside, independent people, professionals in the solid waste business.”

Linda Benezra, Chairs the Solid Waste Advisory Committee,

“There’s so much additional information that they need.”

Selectmen Chairman Bill Hallisey agreed:

“I think there’s many avenues that really need to be properly debated. It’s really important that we do our homework.”

DPW Director Jonathan Beder refers to the expected price increase when the SEMASS contract ends in 2014:

“Regardless of what the Board does with a contract for trash disposal, the costs are going to increase.”

The matter was continued to September 27th.

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.