NORWAY – The Budget Committee was told Tuesday that despite initial concerns over costs, Norway-Paris Solid Waste Committee voted to hold a hazardous waste day this summer.

“We were going to recommend no hazardous waste day this year. It was just a proposal, but we will do it in August,” said Bruce Hanson, treasurer of the solid waste committee.

Hanson said a date of Aug. 15 has been set to bring in more “summer people.” The cost to hold a hazardous waste day for Norway is about $5,000 to $6,000 and the committee had mulled letting another town take over the event, he said.

Hanson made the announcement as part of his budget presentation to the Budget Committee.

He told the Budget Committee that the solid waste committee’s $594,981 fiscal 2009-10 budget reflects an approximate $1,200 decrease in assessment per town.

Hanson said that income from metal recycling and furniture disposal is projected to be down about $20,000 this coming fiscal year and is simply a reflection of the economic downturn.

“The market has dropped drastically,” he said of the projected $13,000 lost in the metal recycling.

“We’re seeing the effect of the economy,” Hanson said.

A projected $22,000 reduction in tipping fees is also a sign that business use of the facility has slowed down. Hanson said it also reflects an increase of recyclable use by a local thrift shop that ships recyclables out of the country for an outreach program.

The solid waste committee is recommending a $3,000 increase for the transfer station, which includes$1,500 to replace the roof.

The Budget Committee will continue its hearings with the Norway Memorial Library budget Thursday.


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