TOWNSEND — Local residents who use private companies to take away their trash in the mornings will have to go green this summer.
The Board of Health in Townsend adopted new regulations back in February requiring customers of private trash haulers to recycle as of July 1.
The board hopes that this new requirement will lessen the amount of waste disposed by residents and make the community more sustainable.
The regulations apply to private individuals, firms and contractors who dispose of waste from residential properties. The board issues private hauler permits and can enforce these new regulations by inspecting the loads in collection vehicles to ensure they comply with state laws and local regulations.
Haulers will have to submit names and addresses of its customers to the board when applying for or renewing permits.
Fines will be issued to those who violate the new regulations. A first violation will cost $100, a second violation costs $200 and $300 will be charged to those who violate the regulations three times. A hauler’s license could also be suspended or even revoked if the board determines that a subsequent violation has been committed. Issues of regulation violations could also become a criminal matter.
The board claims that waste disposal is becoming more expensive for the town. Local landfills are closed down and the town has limited options for disposing of mountains of garbage. The town can either ship the waste out of state, scour surrounding areas for another landfill or send it to a waste-to-energy plant.