WILMINGTON -- Last week, new trash and recycling receptacles were placed around the downtown area.
"It's not very sexy. It's a trash can," said Wilmington Works Executive Director Adam Grinold. "But in the end, it's what it represents. People are looking to improve the pedestrian experience of the village and downtown area and that comes through providing the resources needed for trash and recycling."
The downtown organization Wilmington Works received funding for the project from the 1 percent local option tax proceeds after the Selectboard approved the project earlier in the year.
Grinold said the receptacles are high quality and very durable.
"We're excited to have that available as one of the first visible improvements to the downtown area," he added.
Currently, there are five locations throughout the village where the receptacles can be found and another still to be determined. Several sites were deemed as key locations for placement, Town Manager Scott Murphy said.
Those included the West Main Street parking lot and the footbridge across the Deerfield River, known as the Reardon Bridge. Others were put in front of the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce building, the Old Red Mill Inn, the former Twin Valley High School building and at the traffic light right in the middle of town.
The new receptacles are for small items of trash, which may be discarded by people as they walk through the village. Within each one, there is plastic lining with two separated sections designated for trash and recycling.
According Murphy, each receptacle weighs approximately 450 pounds.
"No one is going to scoop it up and put it in their truck," he said.
Recalling his service on the chamber board back in the 1990s, Grinold said there was a group in the village that really wanted a trash can and worked really hard to get one. It was finally put in front of the former Merchants Bank building then moved to the chamber building. Ultimately, Tropical Storm Irene took it down the river.
The latest project also was in anticipation of an upcoming change in state law. By next July, any public site offering a place to throw away trash must also offer a similar place for recycling.
The project cost approximately $14,000. So far, Murphy has heard people are happy to see the receptacles.
"They get well used on the weekends," he said. "We'll see how it goes as we have more and more events coming this summer."
Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.