Fryeburg withdraws recycling article

May 30th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

FRYEBURG, Maine — Residents will soon head to the polls to choose local candidates for office and to vote on warrant articles, including one that allows for commercial cultivation, manufacturing and testing of marijuana.

But a proposed mandatory recycling article was taken off the ballot at the May 17 selectmen’s meeting. Reasons cited were recycling market volatility and the potential impact of added costs on Fryeburg residents and businesses.

Voting is scheduled to take place June 12 from 8 a.m-8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Bradley Street. Absentee ballots are available until Thursday, June 7 (apart from a special application that allows absentee voting after the deadline).

Town meeting is at 6 p.m. on June 14 at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center of Fryeburg Academy.

Saying he’s a firm believer in recycling, Selectman Tom Klinepeter had put mandatory recycling on the ballot. But on May 17, he said that “the recycling market has tanked, there’s no other way to put it — it’s gone to hell.”

He said because China takes much of our recycling for processing and recently made their standards stricter, it poses an extra obstacle on towns like Fryeburg as far as an added cost burden.

Klinepeter said he’s worried that some town residents who are resistant to recycling will not do a good job under a mandatory law by putting non-recyclables into the recycling bin.

“It’s no good to give contaminated loads, which

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