OXFORD – Residents can begin taking construction debris to the town’s transfer station for a fee.

“We’re trying to provide services without raising any taxes,” Town Manager Michael Chammings said Thursday. “This is something people have been demanding.”

The fee for one ton of debris will be $125. Fees for smaller amounts will be computed based on the weight of the debris and may be adjusted with time once the transfer station determines how much debris is brought in, Chammings said.

The town will pay a professional hauler to transport the debris from the transfer station, so the fees will help offset that cost.

“We will make recommendations to the selectmen (on fees) once we see how this is received, but we think it is going to be received very well because people have been requesting this,” Chammings said.

The town used to dispose of construction debris at its transfer station but had not been doing so for at least three years because it was cost-prohibitive. However residents had complained that they were paying taxes but had no location in town to take such debris.

Homeowners had been taking debris to Mid-Maine Waste Action Corp. in Auburn. The transfer station can accept various types of construction debris including metal, wood, roofing, and appliances as long as Freon has been removed.

The debris will be placed in a Dumpster inside the transfer station building, which is in line with state regulations regarding disposal, Chammings said.

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