CHESHIRE — The town is considering bringing back the popular bulk waste pickup service.
At the most recent Town Council meeting, Town Manager Sean Kimball said the town could possibly use a COVID-19 grant to help offset some of the expenses of the pickup, which collects large, heavy items.
“In 2019 we had a record amount of tonnage in our bulky waste pick up, and I know a lot of Cheshire residents and town officials are curious about whether this is something we can bring back this year,” Kimball said at the April 28 meeting. “We originally appropriated $290,000 but the process ended up costing us $293,712 and we had 1,451 tons of bulk waste.”
Kimball was able to come up with a rough estimate of what bulk waste pickup would cost the town.
“While we can’t really gauge the tonnage for what we could get this year—I am not sure with COVID-19 if people would have less bulky waste or more,” Kimball detailed, “but If we guess it’ll be around 1,500 tons, and the cost for removal at about $100 per ton, we would be looking at a cost of $300,000 to $325,000 for (the service).”
Town Councilor Don Walsh asked Kimball if some of the funds the town has received from the federal American Rescue Plan might be diverted to bulky waste pick up.
“Is there a way we can get some of the COVID-19 money to cover this so we aren’t putting it as an expense under our regular expenditures?” Walsh asked.
“That is the hope,” Kimball answered.
“We don’t have definitive answers yet but yes, I think this could certainly fall into the category of health hazards due to people being home all the time and doing home improvements. I definitely think we have an argument there.”
While no decision was made at the meeting, Kimball indicated that more information on whether federal funds can be used for bulky waste pickup will come after May 11.