BOONSBORO — The Boonsboro Town Council unanimously approved Monday night a new trash-hauling contract that includes curbside recycling, which some residents have long supported for the community.
Under the contract with Allied Waste, the town will maintain twice-a-week trash pickup but will add curbside recycling every other week.
Although some people commended the town for moving ahead with recycling, there was also concern about the cost of the new service.
The town will use a $30,000 Nora Roberts Foundation grant to pay for the service, council member Kevin Chambers said.
The council also hopes the cost of the service will be further offset by less waste going to the county landfill, Chambers said. The town is billed by the county for the amount of waste that is taken to the landfill.
The recycling service will begin July 1 and people will be able to choose between two different sizes of recycling containers, council members said.
There will be no additional cost to residents for the recycling service, and residents can opt out of the service if they want, council members said.
Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. said there are a lot of other big issues facing the town, like an $8 million sewer plant that he wants land developers to help fund. But development has not been as strong in town and Kauffman said he is worried about the debt from the plant falling back on town residents.
Kauffman said he did not want recycling dividing the town and he acknowledged that young people support recycling as a way to help the environment.
“I’m all for the youth,” Kauffman said.
A pro-recycling group in Boonsboro has been circulating petitions in town supporting the town's consideration of curbside recycling.
Signatures were collected during a meeting of the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force, then other copies of the petition were placed at sites such as businesses and churches, said Rosemary James, chairperson of the group.