letters to the editor
Woman's Club thanks community
To the Editor:
The Westborough Woman's Club would like to thank the Westborough and surrounding communities
for their outpouring of clothing for
Abby's House. The message went out and the
calls came in. Thank you to everyone for all the
business attire that you shared with other women in need. By participating in this project you have "empowered" other women by your actions. The clothing drive was successful beyond our imaginations. As a result we are planning to conduct a clothing drive each fall to benefit Abby's House.
The Westborough Woman's Club members are extremely pleased that so many thought of participating in our service project.
President, Westborough Woman's Club
Town Meeting member discusses Shrewsbury trash
To the Editor:
A new contract for disposal of Shrewsbury's trash will be the subject of a special town meeting on December 10th. Shrewsbury and Wheelabrator corporation have finalized a contract concerning both the "tip fee," the charge per ton of trash burned at Wheelabrator's Millbury plant, and the charge for dumping waste in Shrewsbury's landfill. Town Meeting will decide whether to approve the contract.
In anticipation of increased trash disposal costs under the new contract, the town administration has been considering imposing a "pay as you throw" policy: residents would be required to dispose of their trash in special bags that residents would buy. The policy aims to reduce the cost of trash disposal. If people must pay to dispose of trash – so the theory goes – they'll recycle more. And between the profits from the bags and the reduction in the amount of trash, any increase in disposal costs would be restrained even under the new disposal contract.
However, according to the town's own data, the amount of trash fell from a peak of 12,297* tons in 2003 to 11,272* tons in 2006 even without charging for trash bags.
And the costs of trash disposal under the new contract are expected to rise by only about $350,000*, whereas revenues from the town's landfill are expected to rise by $600,000** – more than enough to pay for the increased disposal costs.
So the two justifications for charging for trash bags are undermined by the town's own data. Why adopt a policy that will inconvenience many residents when the facts don't warrant it? Signed, Christopher W. Kirk Town meeting representative,
* Figure provided by Nancy Allen, head of Shrewsbury's Health Department, in a document titled "Projections - Budget FY '08"
** Figure provided by town manager Dan Morgado at the Board of Selectmen's meeting on November 5, 2007.
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