TOWN OF ASHFORD
Transfer Station Study Committee
TRANSFER STATION NEWS
Since its reactivation, several months ago, the Transfer Station Study Committee
has begun meeting to come up with the best way to monitor use of Ashford’s Transfer Station by Ashford residents only, and, in the process, provide waste disposal services at the lowest possible cost to those residents.
As we have experienced over many budget years, costs associated with hauling and disposal have averaged an increase of approximately 3% a year. With the closure of Connecticut’s trash-to-energy plants and the need for out-of-state disposal sites, local contractors incur additional transport, hauling and disposal expenses. We anticipate that these costs will continue to rise and will be passed on to you, our taxpayers.
In an effort to eliminate trash coming to Ashford’s facility from surrounding towns, we are considering several scenarios – a guard booth to serve as a check-point located at the entrance to the Transfer Station where residency can be confirmed (either by driver’s license or motor vehicle registration) or issuing (either by mail or in person) new windshield stickers identifying Ashford vehicles. Strictly enforcing use of the Transfer Station facility to Ashford residents remains at the top of the “figure out a way to contain costs” list. Non-residents or vehicles carrying inappropriate proof of residence, will be turned away from the facility.
The Transfer Station Study Committee and the Conservation Commission (in conjunction with Sustainable Connecticut) will continue to disseminate information relating to reducing the volume and increasing the value of waste going to the Transfer Station and what paths can be followed at home, e.g., separating food waste and composting, because there may come a day when our local tax support is not enough to continue as we are.
Terry Wakeman, Chairman, Transfer Station Study Committee
Bill Falletti, Fist Selectman