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January 8, 2013

Committee calls for one-stop recycling

Not too late to add drop-off center at Andover Town Yard

ANDOVER — With limited recycling options for town residents, the Andover Recycling Committee wants the town’s future Town Yard to give Andoverites a one-stop recycling destination.

How much can be recycled depends on how much Town Yard space would be set aside. But any plan, even with minimal space, would be better than the curbside pickup of glass, bottles and cans that currently happens every two weeks, according to committee Chairman Keith Saxon.

“If for whatever reason you miss it, you have a month of recycling (building up at home),” Saxon said. “If you had a place to bring just a single stream, that would be great.”

Andover has “a lot of small businesses in town that want to recycle. They have a lot of cardboard and paper, and they hate to throw it out,” Saxon said. “A lot of people want to do the right thing.”

In its current form, the committee’s proposal exists as three parts — plans, really. The “basic” plan, needing 500 to 2,000 square feet of space, would give a home to recycling a single stream of glass, plastics and tin cans. With more space, residents could also recycle fluorescent light bulbs, electronics like televisions and computer monitors, and scrap metal.

“Silver” and “Gold” level space availability, needing up to 25,000 square feet and anywhere from 1.5 to 10 acres respectively, would give the town much greater recycling power. It could give recycling hazardous wastes, wood wastes, Department of Public Works materials and even a reuse or “swap shop” area a home in Andover.

“People have a ladder or filing cabinet. They put it out in their trash and we pay $70 a ton to get rid of it,” Saxon said. “Scrap metal has a high value. If you had a container at the dropoff to get scrap metal, the town gets the money.”

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