PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield Town Councilor Tim Nichols said Tuesday night he was excited by the recent growth in the town’s recycling program.
Curbside pickup of recyclables will begin Thursday in District 4, the town’s most rural district in the west Pittsfield area, adding another 400 households to those already being served.
This should remove trash from the solid waste stream that costs the town more and more each year to get rid of, he said. With tipping fees rising this year, recycling takes on a vital role in controlling town expenses. “It’s not very often when you actually have a good hand in cutting costs,” said Nichols, of his role as chairman of the town’s recycling committee.
The addition of District 4 is an experiment, said Town Manager D. Dwight Dogherty. “If the rate of participation and volume is not sufficient, then 1998 will be the only year for which funding … will be provided,” he said.
Dogherty said the town’s recycling coordinator, Mathys Van Dam, is sending a letter to each District 4 household, but that many of the residents wouldn’t get the letter until after Thursday’s pickup. In the future, the letter states, regular pickups in District 4 will be on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.
He said anyone not receiving a recycling bin may pick one up at the town office. Pickups will be made only on town or state roads, not private ways, Dogherty said. Residents on private roads should bring their bins to the closest town road for pickup.
The main items that are collected include newspaper, office paper, cardboard, glass, No. 2 plastics and aluminum cans. The items should be kept separate in the bins, for example, in paper grocery bags.
Nichols extended an open invitation to monthly recycling meetings for anyone interested. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Town Council chambers.
In other council business Tuesday night, councilors unanimously elected David Quint, a two-year veteran councilor, as the new mayor. Quint, a fiscally conservative member of the council, asked the council for patience as he masters his new role.
Gary Jordan was elected deputy mayor and new Councilor Tom Cote was welcomed.
Most of the council meeting was taken up with first-of-the-year housekeeping. Councilors were asked to beat the bushes for candidates on a several boards and committees. Several dozen vacancies exist on a wide variety of committees and Dogherty said full descriptions of each committee can be seen at the town office.