WILTON — The Board of Selectpersons agreed Tuesday to give food composting a try.

Food waste will be picked up weekly at the Wilton Transfer Station and transported to Agri-Cycle in Exeter, where it will be mixed cow manure to produce energy.

Working with Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, other towns have started to sign on, Town Manager Rhonda Irish said. The town will sign a contract with Agri-Cycle that will run through July 31, 2017.

The cost to the town is $78 a month.

“We are all guilty of throwing away food,” board Chairperson Tiffany Maiuri said. “The biggest impediment to recycling food is due to the ‘yuck’ factor. Many do not want to handle it.”

Agri-Cycle strips the packaging away, allowing people to throw away food waste in a bag, she said.

The town will receive more instructions on what can be recycled and how. Food collection will start once the contract is signed, Irish said.

The Transfer Station has been open to trying new things, including a Share Shack and becoming a paint recycling station, she said.

Board members agreed it was worth trying.

In other business, the board held a public hearing to review five foreclosure properties and later voted to put them out to bid for a minimum of taxes owed plus $200 for legal fees. Selectperson Ruth Cushman also moved that abutting property owners be notified of the planned sale.

“I’d like to see the properties back on the tax rolls,” she said.

The properties will be advertised and bids opened Dec. 6.

The property at 55 Bubier Road is the only one with a building. Another three-tenths of an acre would be sold with it, she said.

Other properties include an acre lot on Orchard Drive, a two-acre lot on Olivewood Circle and three acres on the Weld Road. 

More information is available at the Town Office.

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