On Thursday, April 20, Arthur Lee deposits cardboard into a recycling bin at the Gilford Transfer Station. Lee said he uses the facility about once a week, for both recycling and brush disposal. (David Carkhuff/Laconia Daily Sun)
Spring cleaning fever floods area transfer and recycling stations
By DAVID CARKHUFF, LACONIA DAILY SUN
SANBORNTON — A burst of spring cleaning may account for a surge of people flocking to transfer stations with their trash and recyclables.
In Sanbornton, so much material flooded into the transfer station, located at 184 Shaw Hill Road, during a Saturday in mid-April that the transfer station crew had to stop trying to process recyclables.
The single-stream recycling bin filed up, and "at 12 o'clock, I had to shut that down," transfer station manager Kevin Austin told selectmen on April 19.
Crews started using the solid waste and household trash canister for single-stream recycling material, and that filled up by 3 p.m., Austin said. Then they changed to a construction and demolition material container to accommodate the continued overflow, he said.
"We had a lot of residents coming in on Saturday with trailer-loads of recyclables, and I would say more than seven or eight people said they had held it all winter and brought it in on a nice day," Austin said.
Fire Chief Paul Dexter said, "I noticed it on my road. You may have had a big influx because the roads have been posted, and people have had their trash in their front yards and I think they probably got tired of that and decided to take it to the transfer station and get rid of it."
This urge to purge hasn't abated across the Lakes Region.
At the Gilford Transfer Station, 150 Kimball Road, staff reported last week, "We're really busy. It will be like this until after Thanksgiving."
At the Laconia Transfer Station, located at 385 Meredith Center Road, operator Don Smith said, "This place is hopping."
The transfer station in Laconia hosts two free days, 8 a.m. to noon on the first two Saturdays in May, May 6 and 13. Everything but electronics is free.
More than 300 people come up on a free dump day, Smith estimated.
"It looks like the Beverly Hillbillies are moving in," he said, noting the influx of loaded-down vehicles.
Ann Saltmarsh, solid waste/recycling coordinator for the Laconia Department of Public Works, said, "We put 400 cars through there in four hours."
The free dump day promotion is not for commercial use, Saltmarsh said, and only for households.
Also, on May 8 and May 22, the city will offer leaf and yard waste pickup for residents. A contractor will pick up an additional 10 bags during these two weeks, the city reported. All materials must be placed in paper compost bags for pick-up on the resident's normal trash day. Yard waste will be collected by a separate truck, and not the normal trash collection truck.
At the Gilford Transfer Station, 150 Kimball Road, a residential spring cleanup push continues now through Sunday, April 30, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents can bring items to the Gilford Recycling Center, including appliances (accepted upon inspection), brush (limited to 5-inch diameter maximum only), demolition material (small amounts from residential homes), furniture, leaves, lumber, scrap metal and vehicle and utility batteries.
In Gilmanton, the recycling facility at 284 Province Road is open to receive waste and recyclables Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.
In Meredith, a 2017 spring cleanup push will take place Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14. The cleanup is open to Meredith and Center Harbor residents, and prices are waived or reduced on a variety of items. The spring cleanup will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the three days.
For more information on transfer station and recycling facilities in the Lakes Region:
• Belmont, Casella Waste Systems, 43 Industrial Drive, (603) 524-5881.
• Gilford Transfer Station, 150 Kimball Road, (603) 293-0220.
• Gilmanton Recycling Facility, 284 Province Road, (603) 267-6070.
• Laconia Transfer Station, 385 Meredith Center Road, (603) 528-5822.
• Meredith Solid Waste Facility, 17 Jenness Hill Road, (603) 279-8480.
• Sanbornton Transfer Station, 184 Shaw Hill Road, (603) 934-7173.