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December 13, 2012

Cities look to team up on trash

Salem, Beverly hope to save money by using one firm

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“We have so many residents who are recycling already, and we hope to encourage more to do that,” she said. “It’s not only greener but much more economical to recycle these items rather than throw them away. We hope we’re not pushing people to do this but that they’re embracing this.”

Beverly, meanwhile, is considering a switch to weekly recycling. JRM Hauling currently picks up recyclables in the city every two weeks.

“If it comes close to being economical, we’re going to do it,” Scanlon said.

Driscoll said a committee spent six to nine months exploring various methods of reducing trash costs and increasing recycling, with assistance from the Department of Environmental Protection.

“We explored single-stream, mandatory recycling, pay as you throw,” she said. “A lot of thought went into what’s the best model for our collective communities. I hope people realize the effort and the science that goes into this.”

Companies must submit their bids by Jan. 24. The new contract would begin on July 1.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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