July 5, 2022

Essex Selectmen Approve New Fee System for Use of the Solid Waste Transfer Station

ESSEX— The board of selectmen Wednesday approved a new annual fee for residents bringing their own trash to the solid waste transfer station. The new $125 fee, along with higher fees for disposal of other items, was approved on a unanimous vote.

The new fee structure that was developed by the town’s appointed sanitary waste commission is effective Jan. 1, 2014. First Selectman Norman Needleman said the purpose of the new fee system is to remove cash transactions from the operation of the solid waste compactor site, located off Route 154 near Route 9 exit 4. Residents currently pay $3 per bag for disposal of household trash, handing the money to an attendant or paying under an honor system if no town employee is at the site.

Needleman said the new annual fee of $125 for a resident user sticker does not represent a significant cost increase for residents using the site, a group that excludes residents that pay a commercial trash hauler for curbside pickup. Senior citizens over age 65 would pay a discounted sticker fee of $75. Occasional users of the site could purchase five user tickets for $25.

The package of fees approved Wednesday also includes higher fees for disposal of tires, stuffed furniture, mattresses, brush, and demolition materials. There will be no charge for disposal of recyclables, including bottles, cans, cardboard, and newspapers.
The fees for tires on the rim would increase from $5 to $10, but remain at $5 for junk tires taken off the metal rim. The fee for disposal of junk stuffed furniture would increase from the current $7 to $10, with a $20 fee for disposal of mattresses.

The fee for disposal of demolition materials would increase from the current $15 to $20 per cubic yard, and from $7.50 to $10 for a half cubic yard. Needleman said the town was spending almost double for disposal of demolition materials than was being generated in revenue from the current fees.

The fee for disposal of brush would be $10 per cubic yard, though there would be no charge for residents bring smaller bags of brush to the site. As part of the removal of cash transactions, residents would be required to pay the other disposal fees by check or credit card.

In other business, Needleman announced the town is seeking a volunteer to serve as veterans service contact representative. The new position was established under a newly effective state law, and is comparable to the long-standing position of municipal agent for the aging. The contact representative would assist in putting local veterans in touch with available services. Needleman said he is hoping an Essex veteran will volunteer for the position.