Laconia recycling ‘on track’ to meet targets

LACONIA — City Manager Scott Myers told the City Council last night that in the first six months since the mandatory recycling program was introduced, the reduction in the volume of solid waste collected at the curbside is "on track" to meet the target set in the 2013-2014 city budget.

The budget projected reducing the tonnage of solid waste collected at the curbside by 575 tons, from 4,500 tons to 3,975, which at approximately at $150 a ton would reduce the cost of collecting, hauling and disposing of solid waste by about $86,000, from $675,000 to $589,000.

Between July and December 2013, 1,865.73 tons of of solid waste were collected at the curbside compared to 2,141.20 tons during the same period in 2012, a difference of 275.47 tons. As a result, the cost of collection, transportation and disposal fell from $321,180 to $279,859.50, a difference of $41,320.50.