Wareham's waste assessment jumps to nearly $90,000

By Matthew Bernat | Feb 21, 2017

Talk about sticker shock.

On Tuesday, Town Administrator Derek Sullivan told Selectmen the town’s assessment for being part of the Carver/Marion/Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District was hiked from roughly $1,200 to $89,000 this year.

“This is a big hit to receive out of nowhere,” said Sullivan. “We can’t dedicate the revenue to this. We’re going to have to take a moment and think about what we do in this case.”

Of the three towns served in the district, Wareham generates a little more than half of the total amount accepted at the district’s Benson Brook Road facility, located in Marion, Sullivan said.

Stickers allowing people to use the facility are sold annually through the Harbormaster’s office. The stickers also allow residents access to park at town beaches. Sullivan said reassessing the sticker fee may be on the table.

“We sell dump stickers combined with beach stickers for almost nothing,” said Sullivan. “We could separate them to offset the dump fee.”

No decisions were made on Tuesday. Instead, Selectmen voted to have Chair Judith Whiteside and Sullivan work together to come up with a plan to bring back before the board.

Selectman Patrick Tropeano cautioned that raising the transfer station may invite problems.

“As soon as you raise fees to bring trash to the dump, you get people throwing trash on the side of the road,” said Tropeano. “We’ve got to look at this.”

Comments (11)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Feb 22, 2017 07:25

Separate the beach and dump stickers. Two different things and should have never been combined in the first place. I'm sure the dump stickers will more than pay for the transfers station increase.



Posted by: Peaches0409 | Feb 22, 2017 08:18

I agree sphere. I think we are the only town that doesn't separate beach and dump stickers. Time to do that!



Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Feb 22, 2017 11:33

$1200 to $89,000?!  Is this a misprint?

 



Posted by: Chaka | Feb 22, 2017 12:36

This story is missing the big WHY. Why did the fee jump so much? Who decided it? Even if we separate trash and beach stickers there is no way it will cover 89,000. At least half the people in my neighborhood use trash pickup services, so that would cut into it even more. Crazy.

 



Posted by: Chaka | Feb 22, 2017 12:36

This story is missing the big WHY. Why did the fee jump so much? Who decided it? Even if we separate trash and beach stickers there is no way it will cover 89,000. At least half the people in my neighborhood use trash pickup services, so that would cut into it even more. Crazy.

 



Posted by: bob | Feb 22, 2017 12:48

AH,BLAME IT ON THE RUSSIANS.......



Posted by: Janet | Feb 23, 2017 08:54

Check the price for the dump sticker with what Carver charges before you do anything.  Their stickers are for two years.  I believe their sticker also covers some beaches in Carver.  Ours does not include all beaches in Wareham.



Posted by: felinesmom | Feb 23, 2017 10:45

So many questions, so few answers.  Does Wareham have a seat at the table where this assessment is determined?  Who told Sullivan that Wareham generates more than half the waste at Benson Brook in Marion?  (I use this facility and I have never in 3 years seen the staff checking stickers or weighing /counting trash bags)

It takes the sale of 3,000 stickers to generate the $90K; just how many are sold in Wareham?  What part of the fee is apportioned to the beach?  How much does it cost to run the beach?



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 23, 2017 11:17

Seems like Marion and Carver don't want Wareham to be part of their trash club anymore. Marion people's trash doesn't even stink so they're probably tired of us smellin up the place.



Posted by: totellthetruth | Feb 23, 2017 19:20

I could be "way out in left field here" but I seem to remember when the CMW refuse district set up the Marion Transfer Station some years back. Wareham and Carver already had a transfer station in West Wareham.  It was and still is operated by SEMASS, Covanta, or whatever name their going by today. It was called Wareham/Carver convenience transfer Station.



Posted by: Andrea Smith | Feb 23, 2017 22:22

 

Wareham, Carver, Marion, and Rochester joined together to participate in the Carver-Marion-Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District. Population of each town is a major factor in determining the amount of trash being generated. The most recent U.S. Census Bureau population data statistics (2010) report the following populations for the four towns participating in the Carver-Marion-Wareham Regional Refuse District:

Wareham’s population (2010) 21,822

Carver (2010) 11,509

Marion (2010) 4,907

Rochester (2010) 5,232

Based upon 2010 data, the combined populations of Carver, Marion and Rochester total to 21,648, as compared to Wareham’s 2010 population of 21,822.

Another factor to be considered regarding volume of trash generated by Wareham: the annual summer increase in population, which, if I remember correctly, swells Wareham to nearly 40,000. Even if the other three town’s doubled their population in the summer, their combined summer populations would still be about equal to Wareham’s summer population.

Marion and Rochester do a great deal to encourage recycling, which greatly reduces trash volume. Also Marion and Rochester DPWs provide curbside pickups of trash and recyclables which helps to facilitate tracking of trash being generated within the towns.

Regarding the district in general: it has two locations at which the participating towns may deposit trash, Benson Brook Road Transfer Station in Marion, and the CMW & Rochester Convenience Center located on Cranberry Highway in Rochester. An agenda available on line indicates that the district uses a P.O. Box 477, West Wareham, MA 02576 as its address, and that the most recent meeting of the District Commission Executive Committee was held Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Marion DPW office conference room, Benson Brook Road.

For meeting notice see:

http://www.carverma.gov/sites/carverma/files/agendas/regionalrefuse.pdf

For population data see: http://www.city-data.com

 



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