Town signs trash-hauling contract


— Hayden resident Ann Willinghan has no realistic choice: Waste Management will pick up her family's trash.
"I do not believe in supporting a monopoly," said Willinghan, who moved to the town in February. "But I have no alternative."
For the next two years, Willinghan and the rest of the residents in Hayden will have their trash-hauling service provided by Waste Management.
The Town Board of Trustees unanimously approved a two-year contract with the company Oct. 5.
The new contract will increase rates, add recycling and a new service charge.
The new fee will be $15.75 per home and $12.75 for senior citizens. Prior to the new contract, the fee charged by High Country Roll-Off was $12.50 per home and $7.50 for senior citizens.
Trash day for the town will continue to be on Tuesday.
Included in the total is a fee for a new service town officials hope residents will take advantage of.
For two Saturdays a month, Waste Management will set up a recycling satellite at the Hayden Mercantile, 950 W. Jefferson Ave.
"It is a good compromise, as far as getting recycling going," said Mayor Chuck Grobe of the new contract. "It is a step in the right direction. I believe it is a good contract."
A variety of material that can be recycled including newspaper, cardboard, magazines, steel or tin cans, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles and jars.
Larry Romine, district manager for Waste Management, is satisfied Hayden has decided to offer recycling to its residents.
"To get people to recycle is to limit what they can throw away," Romine said. "We want to get people to recycle."
To limit what residents throw away, a new fee will be charged to residents getting rid of large items or bulky waste that is left at the curb.
According to the contract, the company is required to collect trash from a 96-gallon trash can each resident has. Additional trash left at the curb is subject to an additional fee.
The company also will charge residents a fee for an extra bag of trash when it exceeds three bags.
The fees will range from $1 to $20.


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