Tilton Selectboard to entertain questions about looming pay-as-you-throw program on Thursday

TILTON — Pat Consentino, who chairs the Board of Selectmen, said yesterday "we are very close to setting a date to begin the 'Pay-As-You-Throw' (PAYT) program," explaining that "we are holding a public meeting on Thursday and if there are no huge problems raised, we could set a (start) date after the meeting or when we meet a week later."

Curbside collection of recyclable materials every other week began on July 8, after some 1,200 recycling bins were distributed throughout the town. Consentino said that more than nine tons of recyclables were collected during the first cycle and more than eleven tons during the second.

Introducing PAYT is the second step in the effort to reduce the cost of collecting, hauling and disposing of solid waste. Marjorie Bonneville, who chairs the Recycling Committee, said that the committee decided "to give residents a chance to see how much they can recycle and how little trash they will have before beginning PAYT." The specially marked bags, in two sizes — 15 gallons for $1 and 30 gallons for $1.50 — are in stock at a half-dozen stores in town and will go on sale about two weeks before the program begins.

"We want to make sure people understand how the program will work," Consentino said, "and we are still getting lots questions. That's why we're having the meeting and we hope anyone who has questions will be there."

The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 1 at Town Hall, beginning at 6 p.m.