Kingston: Selectmen allow trash talking ban

As the cost for towns to dispose of trash rises, so reaction to local towns’ response turns from a happy Saturday at the dump, to dumper ire.

At the request of highway supervisor Paul Basler, Kingston selectmen approved a process to deal with transfer station anger. The first time a sticker holder uses abusive language or threats, the town will issue a warning letter. After the second incident, selectmen will have the option of suspending the sticker. If, after re-instatement, the dumper continues abusive behavior selectmen will have the option of seizing the sticker.

This summer, the town will reconfigure its transfer station to make recycling easier for users. As with most towns in the region, Kingston’s contract with Covanta, formerly SEMASS, to take its solid waste expires. Kingston has paid $34 a ton. With the new contract, that fee will double.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.