Certain plastics still collected in Brattleboro curbside program


BRATTLEBORO >> A recent change made by the Windham Solid Waste Management District may have residents wondering whether certain items can still go to the curb for pickup.

"At a meeting two weeks ago, I noted on behalf of the Select Board that our contract with our waste hauler Triple T (Trucking) still provides and allows for residential customers to send plastics one to seven in the recycling and our recycling program continues as it did before the WSWMD's announcement," Select Board Chairman David Gartenstein said at a meeting Tuesday. "So residents can continue putting one to seven plastics in the recycling."

A press release issued last month explained that the district would be suspending recyclable items with numbers three, four, five, six and seven from its recycling collection.

WSWMD Executive Director Bob Spencer previously told the Reformer the district had trouble finding a buyer for those plastics. The district is now going through recyclables it receives and will separate the items and is disposing of them.

"People should understand the WSWMD is throwing it away," Gartenstein said. "It's not going on for recycling."

Spencer had sent a letter to local select boards telling them the district no longer wants recycling boxes to receive plastics with numbers three to seven. Transfer station attendants in the district were asked to let residents know. And sandwich boards were set up at the district's drop-off recycling bins in towns without transfer stations.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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