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Cheshire's Bulky Waste Pickup May Return

After a long absence, the town could offer curbside collection of bulky items.

About the time the daffodils bloom next year, Cheshire residents may be able to clean out their garages and basements without hauling the items to the transfer station.

A one-time bulky waste pickup is being considerd by the Town Council in response to a stream of requests for the service to return. "During the budget presentations, most, if not all of us, have heard around town this is desired," said Councilor Peter Talbot at this week's council meeting.

The last bulky waste collection was four years ago, Council Jim Sima said. "We told residents when the budgets got tight we couldn't afford to do it anymore." 

Now, with a budget surplus for the 2011-2012 fiscal year of $1.46 million, the council wants to look into providing the service this spring. "Actions on (single-stream) recycling brought this to the forefront of interest," said Councilor Patti Flynn-Harris.

Town Manager Michael Milone said the cost could be about $175,000 based on the cost of the service four years ago. 

In a 7-4 vote with David Schrumm voting against the proposal, and Councilor Andy Falvey absent, the council approved the prelimnary step of getting an idea of the cost and availablity of refuse companies for a spring collection.

Cathy Vellucci October 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM
It's about time to bring the bulky trash pick-up! I don't at all like how it looks on everyone's front lawns. Further, it will particularly be ugly this time around since it hasn't been done in four years, but it needs to be done.
Colleen Kennedy October 12, 2012 at 02:18 PM
We are long over due for a bulk pick-up.
Catherine Bernardi October 12, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I'm all for the return of bulk pick up! Please bring it back!
Elizabeth October 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Does Schrumm vote yes for anything?
Cathy Vellucci October 13, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Not sure if he does vote yes for anything, but I have to believe the other members of the Town Council will do the right thing. We desperately need the pick-up, and as taxpayers, it's our obligation to make our voices known. Town of Cheshire - please bring back the bulky trash pick-up!!!

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