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Mar 23, 2010 3:12 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton considers bagging garbage

Mar 23, 2010 3:12 PM

East Hampton Town is considering switching its garbage disposal services to a by-the-bag program, in the hopes of encouraging recycling and decreasing the town’s waste disposal costs.

Mike LaPorte, a regional manager with the firm Waste Zero, presented the program to the East Hampton Town Board at a work session on March 16.

Currently, East Hampton covers the costs of its waste disposal services through taxes and user fees, which currently cost $70 per year or $7 per visit to the town recycling centers in Montauk and on Springs-Fireplace Road.

Mr. LaPorte told the Town Board that the program could reduce the amount of waste generated by the town by 43 percent. He said that his company would sell three sizes of bags in retail stores throughout town, collect the money, and pay the town to allow it to administer the program.

“If you have someone who does a great job recycling, they’re actually going to pay less than with a tax increase,” he said of the bag program. “Recycling goes up 13 to 18 percent when you go to a bag program.”

He added that consumers make smarter decisions about the packaging of the goods they buy when they have to pay by the bag to dispose of their garbage.

Mr. LaPorte said that his company, which serves 300 communities in the Northeast, would like a five-year contract from the town to handle the program.

“Our only core business is this program. We’ve been doing it close to 20 years and we’ve never had a program start and stop,” he said.

The town will need to issue a request for proposals before deciding whether to go forward with the program.

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I hope this is not like the system in Southampton. That seams like a pain in the neck.
By reality 101 (137), East Hampton on Mar 25, 10 8:16 PM
"We’ve been doing it close to 20 years and we’ve never had a program start and stop". Sir, iIf anyone can smash that record, it is the Town of East Hampton.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Mar 25, 10 8:38 PM