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Boonsboro extends trash hauler's contract

March 07, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — — Boonsboro Town Council members decided Monday night to extend a contract with the town’s garbage hauler, a move that disappointed one council member because she said it delays consideration of any new options the town could pursue in trash services, like recycling.

Key Sanitation, the town’s current trash hauler, is able to ask for a one-year extension if the company makes the request within a certain time frame. The request was made within the allowable time frame and council members approved extending the contract for one year.

Council member Barbara Wetzel said it is “a shame” because extending the contract means the town will not be able to consider options like recycling for another year.

Wetzel mentioned Smithsburg Town Council’s recent decision to implement curbside recycling and how Smithsburg officials were able to start the service at a reduced price from what the town had been paying for trash removal.

Council member Janeen Solberg also praised Smithsburg for passing curbside recycling and said the single-stream recycling service Smithsburg implemented allows for broader types of plastics to be recycled.

Boonsboro town officials debated curbside recycling for the town in November 2009 but rejected the idea when they accepted a bid for regular garbage pickup. At that time, Wetzel suggested curbside recycling, but other officials said they did not think the town could afford it.

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