The Barnstable Democratic Town Committee will be talking trash when they host the Barnstable Renewable Energy Commission on Wednesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at the Centerville Library on Main Street in Centerville.
Barnstable's contract with Covanta-owned SEMASS will be ending soon and like other Cape towns, Barnstable is considering its options including a pay as you throw model. After 2014, SEMASS tipping fees are expected to increase significantly.
According to a MassDEP study for 2008, Barnstable had the lowest recycling rate on Cape Cod at only 16%.
Pay as you throw advocates maintain the program increases recycling and lowers refuse removal costs for the town. According to a Barnstable Renewable Energy Commission presentation to the Town Council in 2012, Barnstable piloted a pay as you throw program in 2002-2003. During the pilot program, 200 participants used pay as you throw and said the recycled more thereby paying less. The committee recommended moving to the model at that time, although it was never instituted.