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Select Board talks trash at meeting

By Natasha Clark

Reminder Assistant Editor

LONGMEADOW Last week the Select Board voted to keep the same type of trash pickup service instead of opting for automated collection.

While the initial investment for automated collection, including equipment and toters would have been $225,000, the potential savings to Longmeadow could have been around $96,082.13 over a five year period roughly a little over $19,000 per year.

Longmeadow will enter into a five year contract with Central Mass Disposal.

Automated service requires a smaller trash receptacle or toter, and the Recycling Commission was hoping that a smaller container would prompt rubbish reduction with the increase of recycling.

Waste disposal in the town has increased and recycling has gone down, according to Arlene Miller of the Commission.

For FY05 so far, Longmeadow has had 5,000 tons of waste disposal at a cost of $324,400 to the town. Under the same service that cost is expected to rise to $70.19 per ton.

The board plans to continue with the same service and look at ways to reduce waste.