HAMPSTEAD — The Town Council will discuss whether to spend $4,400 on a newspaperrecycling bin during its 7:30 meeting tomorrow night in the Town Hall.
Residents can take their plastic and glass bottles and metal cans to a red bin set up off Rinaman Avenue. But they have to take their newspapers to either the county recycling barn on Route 97 in Westminster or St. George's Church in Manchester.
Town Manager John Riley said that as a result, many newspapers probably are ending up in Northern Landfill instead of being recycled.
Riley said he proposed to the county that it pay for the $4,400 bin for newspapers, but officials there refused. The county has paid for the red bins for other recyclables. Those bins are placed in each town in Carroll.
"I don't know whether the town wants to invest in a (bin) or not," Riley said. He said the town is under no state orderto recycle, but the county has to meet a state mandate to recycle 15percent of its solid waste by 1994. So far, residents countywide arerecycling about 6 percent of their waste.
Riley said that anotheralternative is to pay $90 a month to Eastern Waste Industries to rent a newspaper recycling bin. But if the town buys a bin, he said, there would be only minimal costs to maintain and empty it.
He said it could be picked up and emptied by county trucks already equipped topick up the red bins.