CONWAY TRANSFER STATION TO ADD RE-USE SECTION

by Christian Mower on June 25, 2012

CONWAY TOWN MANAGER EARL SIRES SAYS SELECTMEN HAVE ENDORSED A PLAN THAT WILL ONCE AGAIN ALLOW USERS TO DROP OFF AND PICK UP ITEMS AT THE TOWN’S TRANSFER STATION.

THE PERSON WHO HELPED ORGANIZE PUBLIC DISCUSSIONS AND A NEW PLAN FOR THE PROJECT SAYS IT WON’T BE CALLED THE “DUMP STORE” ANY MORE.

BUSINESSWOMAN COLLEEN CORMACK – WHO RUNS A RECYCLING OPERATION AND CHAIRS THE LOWER MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY SOLID WASTE DISTRICT – SAYS THE “RE-USE” AREA AT THE TRANSFER STATION WILL NOW BE THE FIRST AREA CUSTOMERS ENCOUNTER AS THEY BRING IN THEIR TRASH AND RECYCLABLES.

CORMACK SAYS THE MAIN IDEA CAME FROM HER HUSBAND JAMES SIMMONS, WHO DOES THE HEAVY HAULING FOR HER BUSINESS AND MAKES FREQUENT TRIPS TO THE TRANSFER STATION.

THE CONWAY TRANSFER STATION SERVES RESIDENTS OF CONWAY, ALBANY AND EATON AND ACCEPTS TRASH AND SEVEN CATEGORIES OF RECYCLABLES, INCLUDING MIXED PAPER, NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINES, TIN, GLASS, CORRUGATED CARDBOARD AND PLASTIC.

CORMACK SAYS THE NEW AND IMPROVED RE-USE AREA WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO DROP OFF ITEMS THAT CAN BE RE-USED – AND THEY WILL BE ORGANIZED ON SHELVES, INCREASING THEIR VISIBILITY AND KEEPING THEM NEATER.

SIRES SAYS THE TOWN’S RECYCLING RATE HAS DROPPED FROM 54 PERCENT TO 46 PERCENT IN THE PAST THREE YEARS AND THAT’S ONE REASON A RECYCLING ATTENDANT WILL BE HIRED TO MONITOR THE PROCESS – AND MAKE SURE ITEMS ARE PLACED IN THE CORRECT CONTAINERS. THE TOWN’S PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL ADD A ROOF TO THE DROP OFF AREAS.

CORMACK SAYS SHE HOPES THE NEW LAYOUT WILL INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF MATERIAL BROUGHT IN FOR RECYCLING – SOMETHING SHE CALLS A “WIN WIN” SITUATION FOR TAXPAYERS.

CORMACK SAYS A VIDEO OF HOW THE NEW SYSTEM WILL WORK IS POSTED ON “YOU TUBE” AND CAN BE VIEWED BY ENTERING THE WORDS “CONWAY TRANSFER STATION.”