NEWINGTON – The town is revamping its bulk pickup procedures.
Beginning July 1 residents who want to discard of furniture, box springs, scrap metal and the like must schedule a collection with Trash-Away, Inc. which has a refuse collection contract with the town.
“This is a move to hopefully reduce down the amount of waste that’s being collected in town, with people being encouraged to recycle everything they possibly can,” Town Manager Keith Chapman told the Town Council at its meeting this week.
In the past oversized waste collection was a service handled exclusively by the town, costing taxpayers money. This removes that burden, so only those who use the service have to pay for it.
“Those who have bulky waste can directly call our trash away provider and make arrangements to have it picked up for a fee,” Chapman said. “There’s a reduction in our operating budget that saves all taxpayers money and we shift this over to a user fee program. Many businesses and residents don’t use the program currently and are still paying for it. In the future it will just be those who use the program paying for it.”
Residents must call Trash-Away at 860-229-1164 by Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. during any given week in order to schedule a bulk waste pickup, which takes place on Thursdays. The fee is $25 per stop, with a maximum of two items. Extra charges include $10 per tire, mattress or box spring and $11 for a television, $5 per additional TV.
Scrap metal collection takes place on Tuesdays and residents must call to schedule a pickup by Monday at 3 p.m. The fee is $12 for one item and $5 each additional item.
People calling for either collection should leave a message with their name, address, phone number and a complete description of items to be picked up. They can expect a return call confirming the collection.
Trash-Away will continue to deliver scrap metal and televisions to the town’s collection site, but will be responsible for disposing of oversized bulk waste.
Vegetative waste from residents’ yards can still be disposed of, at the town’s landfill. Those who wish to drop off yard waste must present a valid permit, which can be obtained at the Highway Department or Town Hall.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.