Friday, April 29, 2011

"We feel like we made an excellent decision"

Franklin switched to a single-stream system in July under which residents combine paper, cardboard, glass and cans into a new 65-gallon container. Residents also received a new trash container. 
The town borrowed $800,000 to buy both the trash and recycling containers, a cost that will mostly be paid off by user fees. 
The grant reimburses Franklin for about 20 percent of the $400,000 cost for the recycling containers, helping the town repay that money sooner without raising fees, Department of Public Works Director Robert Cantoreggi said. 
Since the switch, the amount of material recycled has increased by 15 percent while the amount of trash has decreased by more than 18 percent, a trend Cooper said has been seen in many of the 70 Massachusetts communities that have adopted single-stream recycling programs since 2005. 
Franklin is expected to save more than $100,000 in disposal costs and earn $20,000 in new recycling revenue this fiscal year, statistics provided by Cooper's department show.

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State Rep Jim Vallee announced this grant earlier this week

Prior posts on the recycling series can be found here:

Franklin, MA

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