By Paul Tennant
---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Starting Tuesday, the town will send its recycled items to a different contractor.
Selectmen voted unanimously Monday night to approve a 10-year contract with JRM Hauling and Recycling, a Peabody company that provides waste removal services for many communities and businesses in the area. The agreement runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2023.
Assistant Town Manager Raymond Santilli, who negotiated the contract, said JRM will pay the town $20 per ton of recyclables. He estimated North Andover will earn $50,000 as a result of this agreement.
Selectman Richard Vaillancourt asked if 10 years is a normal length for a recycling contract. Santilli said such pacts are usually for five or 10 years. Also, the 10-year agreement gives the town $20 per ton while a five-year agreement would only bring $15 per ton.
Town Manager Andrew Maylor said some of the companies that bid for the contract wanted the town to pay them for taking its recyclables.
Northside Carting will continue to collect both trash and recyclables, Maylor said. The recyclables will be sent to the JRM plant in Peabody, he said.
The town’s previous recycling contractor was DeRosa Landfill Management on Clark Road.