WILTON — The new Share Shack built at the Wilton Transfer Station will open Saturday, May 1.
The Share Shack is a place for Wilton residents to leave certain household items they no longer want but are too good to dispose of and it’s also a place where a resident can find an item that they need. There is no charge to leave or take items.
Continuing their mandatory efforts to recycle in Wilton, residents have a way “to take good usable items out of the waste stream for individuals who need them,” according to a Share Shack brochure.
Items accepted include wooden furniture, housewares such as dishes, silverware, Tupperware, tools and building materials. There will also be an area for children’s toys and games, in good condition, called the “Kids Corner.”
The Share Shack was built with funds from a Maine Community Foundation grant of $5,000 received last summer, said Town Manager Rhonda Irish. Another grant of $500 was received from the Maine State Planning Office and was used to create a recycling chart, a recycling question and answer brochure and for a new sign at the entrance of the Transfer Station, she added.
The initial grant was written by Rachel Jackson Hodsdon after she raised concerns about costs for the town to get rid of things that could be used and the costs of adding to landfills. The Share Shack was built by Hollis Tyler, Transfer Station manager, Irish said.
The grant included an educational section to help teach children to recycle and reuse. Students from Academy Hill were involved in a field trip and activities at the station last fall.
The town continues to actively promote recycling because every ton recycled nets a savings of $50 for disposal and hauling fees. Every year, Wilton spends over $230,000 a year on household trash, according to the brochures.
There is a proposal within the town’s budget to eliminate funds for garbage haulers. The town would stop paying tipping fees at Jay, Irish said. The three private haulers in town would have to pay to dispose of the garbage and probably increase the charge to customers, she said.
For more information about the Share Shack or recycling, residents can call the Transfer Station at 645-3731.