Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Forum Holds Meeting About Recycling Options

Monday evening I attended the Forum event on recycling, held at the Senior Center. Several dozen Wellfleetians, and a couple from Truro, listened to presentations by Cape specialists on Pay As You Throw (PAYT) (Sandwich) and single stream recycling (Mashpee). Edith DeMello told us PAYT was “the single most effective way to reduce waste.” Paul Tilton agreed: “If you recycle, you’re going to save.” Costs for SEMASS have gone up and will increase dramatically over the next three years, which is why Town Administrator Paul Sieloff is guiding Wellfleet towards a PAYT scheme. Audience members got to touch the special bags, made of plastic, that will be sold to consumers. Composting will be encouraged as well. The cost of the dump sticker will presumably go down. I learned about several unique recycling programs at the Wellfleet Transfer Station: wood and compost are already in progress, but also our town offers marine recycling and recycles shells for cultch. A question from the audience that particularly interested me was how the system would work for renters in summer. Apparently they will be able to purchase one-day passes, and realtors can purchase, then distribute the bags. All the details have not yet been ironed out, but I was encouraged by what I heard. Recycling of bottles and cans will start this year at our ocean beaches. Does your town or city have a PAYT program? If you live in Wellfleet, what do you think of these changes that are to come?