“It’s been a dramatic increase,” Town Manager Sean Fitzgerald said. “The credit is to our residents.”
Plaistow instituted a two 50-gallon-barrel limit for curbside trash pickup. That, Fitzgerald said, has prompted more people to recycle.
“When I look at the number of people who have supported that, I can tell we are on the right track,” he said.
Fitzgerald said the town has saved $100,000 in the two years since the two-barrel limit has been in effect.
Dennis Senibaldi, Windham’s solid waste management supervisor, said transfer station workers constantly remind residents to recycle.
“We monitor it as the trash goes in,” he said. “You can hear people throw a bottle into a trash. We just tell them they can’t do that.”
Windham’s recycling rate is about 24 percent.
Towns are no longer required to report how much they have recycled to the state. Instead, the state collects data from each transfer station.
Martin said the state’s solid waste program is funded through general funds, which means funding is uncertain.
“It’s a constant process,” he said. “We are still trying to streamline and reorganize how we work with towns and facilities to manage solid waste and recycling.”