TREMONT — The town is the first of the six member towns of the Acadia Disposal District (ADD) to officially support a plan to contract with the city of Ellsworth for recycling.
After ADD representatives presented their proposal to selectmen on Tuesday, the board voted 5-0 to withdraw from a recycling contract with EMR, Inc. of Southwest Harbor and contract with Ellsworth for the service.
The advantage of going to Ellsworth is that ADD member towns would save money, ADD chairman Tony Smith told selectmen. At Ellsworth, member towns would share in revenues from the sale of recyclable materials.
All ADD member towns except Mount Desert contract with EMR for recycling, and are charged a fee based on tonnage. Tremont now pays $10,700 annually to EMR for recycling.
The district had engineer Jeff Strang of CES, Inc. perform a cost analysis of switching from EMR to Ellsworth. Mr. Strang estimates that Tremont would save about $10,000 annually by making the move.
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