Norwell: Trash talk takes center stage in Norwell

There was lots of trash talk going on at Norwell Town Hall Monday night.

About 60 people turned out for a public forum hosted by the Norwell Board of Health, to talk about the possibility of implementing a pay-as-you-throw trash plan, to offset trash disposal fees which are set to double, beginning in January.

“The disposal fees, not the pickup fees, for the trash in Norwell are going to double in January. That’s one incentive, and then the other is that unfortunately the recycling efforts that we’ve tried over the last several years have not been as fruitful as we would like. We’re assured, especially looking at all the figures from the surrounding towns, that by going to a pay as you throw program, we should be able to increase recycling significantly,” Board of Health Member Peter Dillon said.

Dillon also explained that all options are on the table for a pay-as-you-throw program, which could save the town a minimum of $140,000 a year in trash collection fees.

“It could be one free barrel. We could be allowing seniors basically free bags. One person was talking about disabled people tonight – maybe that’s something we take off the table. There are a number of different things – there are a number of different costs. All those things are going to get weighed over the next six months or so, and then we’ll make a decision.”

The Board of Health said they won’t make any decisions without first consulting the Advisory Board and the Board of Selectmen.

 

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.