Plymouth: Solid waste disposal forum plays to a standing room only crowd

Well over 100 people crowded the meeting room at Plymouth Town Hall Monday night for a panel discussion on options being considered for the disposal of solid waste. Town Manager Melissa Arrighi was joined by DPW Director Jonathan Beder and other town officials. Several options were given, ranging from staying with the status quo of three transfer stations, going to curbside pickup or maintaining three transfer stations with Pay As You Throw. But the number one choice of town officials seems to be curbside pickup.

However, the majority of those who spoke were not convinced of the merits of the curbside plan. Town meeting member Pat McCarthy stated : “Those of us who are avid recyclers and composters should not be penalized in paying the same rates as those people who have a lot of trash that they are disposing of.”  But Craig Sander, a thirty-something, who lives in downtown Plymouth, likes the curbside option: “I’m definitely in favor of curbside. I know my grandmother, whom I live with, will not appreciate that.” Town Manager Melissa Arrighi revised her expectation of a vote by the Select Board at Tuesday’s meeting: “I may have jumped the gun a little bit on that one. I was hoping they would give us direction, but I need to step back and do some more outreach before I ask the Selectmen to do that.” Selectmen meet tonight.

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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.