Mashpee residents are encouraged to attend a pay-as-you-throw public forum to be presented by the town's board of selectmen on Wednesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Mashpee High School.
The board is considering the implementation of the waste management program which the Mashpee Department of Public Works as dubbed the Save Money and Recycle Trash (SMART) program.
Mashpee DPW Director Catherine Laurent meet with selectmen in September to discuss the need for the program. According to the minutes from the September 22 selectmen's meeting, the town's current solid waste contract with SEMASS expires on January 1, 2015. With no changes to the current waste management plan, the town would is expected to see an increase of $62,000 per year in tipping fees.
To cover the increase, the annual transfer station household fee of $110 would jump $25 to $135. The implementation of the SMART program would do the opposite, according to Laurent, lowering the annual fee to $10 and reducing the amount of waste the town produces through recycling.
As in other Cape towns that have adopted a pay-as-you-throw program (Brewster, Sandwich and Wellfleet), 30- and 15-gallon bags would be available for purchase at area stores. According to Mashpee DPW, the cost of pay-as-you-throw bags would be less per year than the increased annual fee of $135.
Information packets will be made available prior to the Oct. 15 forum at the town hall and the Mashpee Public Library. Packets will also be available at the high school the evening of the forum.
If implemented, the SMART program would begin on July 1, 2015.