Tilton Selectboard chair estimates compliance at 75% after first round of pay-as-you throw trash collection

TILTON — Pat Consentino, who chairs the Board of Selectmen, said yesterday that despite some problems she estimated that approximately three-quarters of residents complied with the Pay-As-You-Throw trash pick-up program when it was introduced this week. "That's just a guess," she emphasized.

Consentino said that "I drove around town on Tuesday, the first day, and again today (Thursday) and saw that most people were using the purple bags for their trash."

Consentino said that although there were sufficient bags at Town Hall, several retail outlets, including Hannaford and Walgreen's, ran out of stock during the week. She said that the most common problem was that while people were separating their recyclables from their trash, some were not using the purple bags for their trash. The hauler, Bestway, placed notices advising residents they were not in compliance on the bags, she said, but later in the day collected the trash bearing the notices so who had not returned home did not received them.

"There appeared to be more issues in west Tilton (Tuesday), especially at multi-family buildings," Consentino said, suggesting that landlords may not have informed their tenants of the program.