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January 29, 2013

No savings seen in joint trash collection


In Beverly, the new contract would include weekly recycling, which was a topic of debate in last year’s mayoral race. JRM currently picks up recycling every other week.

The city’s Solid Waste Management Committee started to circulate a petition demanding weekly recycling but withdrew it last month when the city included weekly recycling as part of its contract proposal.

“I think there is public support for it,” said Charles Perlo, chairman of the Solid Waste Management Committee. “We wanted to raise the consciousness of the people and impress upon them what an important issue this was. All of our surrounding towns have weekly recycling.”

Scanlon said he must still negotiate final numbers with JRM but said it’s likely that weekly recycling will be implemented.

Beverly would also reduce from 10 to five the maximum number of barrels that would be picked up.

As part of its new contract, Salem would institute mandatory recycling. Driscoll has said enforcement is being worked out, but the program would probably include a warning, such as a sticker on trash that should be recycled.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

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