Almost a Quarter of Milford Homes Don’t Recycle
By Kevin Rudden Staff Reporter/Columnist · May 31, 2011
The initial results of a month-long audit by the Board of Health show that an estimated 23 percent of homes within Milford – 2,280 separate street addresses – do not recycle.
The health board employed a resident participating in the annual senior citizen tax abatement program to conduct the audit during April. According to health board members, he reported that it was difficult to judge whether some homes recycled because there were no recycling containers used, they were taken in immediately after being emptied, or house numbers were not posted. Large, multi-family complexes that handle their own trash removal were not included in the audit, they said. Many multi-family homes apparently do not recycle, they added.
Public Health Director Paul Mazzuchelli said that, after reviewing and analyzing the audit results and based on past surveys, he expected the number of non-complying homes to drop by several hundred, which would correspondingly reduce the percentage not recycling. For example, some properties may be vacant or their owners were away during the audit, board members said.
Speaking at the board's May 9 meeting, Chairman Kenneth Evans said the multi-family homes should be looked at to make sure tenants are recycling, since that is a required part of the town's contract with its trash hauler and multi-family homes create more trash. "We're not going to tackle 2,000 all at once," he said. The ultimate penalty for non-compliance is having the town stop picking up trash and making the property owners show the town proof that someone is picking up their trash, he said.
Evans also asked Mazzuchelli to look into installing motion-activated surveillance cameras at the transfer station on Cedar St. (Route 85), noting that people are dropping off large items – such as metal bulkhead doors – at the entrance without paying for their disposal.