To The Daily Sun,
I am disappointed that our (Sanbornton) selectmen decided to close the Recycling Center at the Transfer Station — a disservice to our town residents.
We know from experience that sending material to landfills can become one of the biggest cost items in a town budget. Recycling is a key component is keeping taxpayer costs down, providing great benefits to town residents.
Some of our trash is currently being hauled to a landfill in New York State. Sanbornton resident can now hitch a ride on the trash truck and take a fall foliage tour to upper New York.
Along with reducing landfill costs, town residents experience significant benefits:
1. Several years ago, a woman retrieved a doll house for her children from the Recycling Center. Since her children outgrew its use, she wanted to return it to the Recycling Center for another family to use. She was turned away.
2. A gentleman in a wheelchair can no longer use the Recycling Center as his library, as all of the books have been disposed of. No longer can library staff bring books and duplicate material to the Transfer Station for resident use.
3. This facility provided an opportunity in our rural community for neighbors to meet neighbors and have a healthy exchange of ideas.
4. Lastly, no longer can Sanbornton dogs look forward to getting in their owner's pickup truck on a Saturday and going to the Recycling Center to get their "free" dog biscuit.
In my opinion, the closing of this facility and program represents poor stewardship by our selectmen.
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