OTISFIELD — The Board of Selectmen has scheduled a special town meeting for 7 p.m. March 22 for voters to decide whether to purchase a recycling compactor for the Transfer Station.

The meeting will be held at the Otisfield Community Hall on Route 121.

Administrative Assistant Anne Pastore said the town is looking at no more than $70,000 to buy and install a compactor. Some of the money would come from the reimbursement received after the Oxford County Regional Recycling Corp. disbanded, she said.

Last year, selectmen contracted with ecomaine to handle recyclables and Almighty Waste in Auburn to transport containers. Chairman Hal Ferguson said the switch to single-sort recycling would mean two containers for recyclables.

The Transfer Station is at 36 Station Road off Oak Hill Road.

Pastore said last month that it has cost the town $250 each time ecomaine containers are emptied.

“Right now, it’s pretty much once a week that the container is emptied, but sometimes, during the busier weeks, it’s twice,” she said. “That means it’s costing about $1,000 a month just to have recycling emptied, and it adds up if you do that for a full year.”

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