Pay-As-You-Throw Discussion May be Postponed for Dennis Town Meeting Ballot Tuesday

Dennis Town SealDENNIS – The Dennis Solid Waste and Recycling Committee has asked Selectmen to postpone the Tuesday Special Town Meeting warrant articles related to the controversial Pay-As-You-Throw waste management system.

According to committee Chairman Allan Ryan, they did this out of respect for the town’s residents, who he said need to have a better understanding of how the system operates.

“It’s a very emotional issue,” Ryan said, “and what we’ve found is many of the people in Dennis don’t have a solid grasp of the facts.”

Ryan said he hopes Selectmen will instead bring the issue to the spring Town Meeting, while the committee conducts educational efforts throughout the winter.

This system of waste disposal would lower the costs of yearly vehicle stickers and create a per-bag price of disposal. Under the program, an 8-gallon trash bag would cost 60 cents, 15-gallon bags would cost $1 and 33-gallon bags, $2.

The committee has produced written support for Pay-As-You-Throw, and released a recent statement which said the program would “dramatically reduce disposal costs for the town, significantly conserve natural resources and save the majority of transfer station users money.”

This week’s Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Nathaniel H. Wixon School auditorium, 901 Route 134, South Dennis.

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