New trash and recycling barrels being delivered in Windham

Ben DeVivo assembles the new recycling barrels being distributed to Windham residents. The distribution has spurred an avalanche of questions from homeowners.

Ben DeVivo assembles the new recycling barrels being distributed to Windham residents. The distribution has spurred an avalanche of questions from homeowners.

You’ve probably already noticed them on some of Willimantic’s streets. New trash and recycling bins are arriving at Windham residences this week. These are to be used with the new automated trash collection system.

The new system and new barrels are a result of the Windham Town Council approving a new, 10-year trash contract with Willimantic Waste Paper Co.

Town officials are asking people to be patient and to read the instructions that come with the barrels.

“All the barrels will get delivered,” said Windham Code Enforcement Director Matthew Vertefeuille. He added that people should write their address on their barrels.

The number of barrels a resident receives depends on his or her residence.

Most single family homes will receive two, 95-gal barrels  – one for recycling and one for trash. Some residents opted for smaller 65-gal barrels.

Those residing in multi-family houses will get the following:

  • A two-family house gets two trash barrels and two recycling barrels.
  • A three-family house gets three trash barrels and two recycling barrels.
  • Four- and five-family houses get three trash barrels and three recycling barrels.

The barrels are on wheels to allow residents to maneuver them to the curbside, where a truck with an automated arm will lift the barrels and empty them.

Collection with the new barrels officially begins July 1, but residents should start using them as soon as they get them, he said.

Trash will still be collected once a week, but recyclables will be collected once every two weeks.

The pickup weeks for recycling for the first few months are: July 5 and July 19, Aug. 2, 16 and 30, Sept. 13 and 27, Oct. 11 and 25, Nov. 8 and 22, Dec. 6 and 20 and Jan. 3, 2011 according to a flyer about the program.

Also, your trash collection date may change, but that information comes with the barrels.

Residents can also consult the town’s web site at and click on “trash pick-up information” under the “recent news” tab.

If you do not receive your new barrels by July 2, call Willimantic Waste at (860) 423-4527 or (860) 465-3070.

“It’s going to be so much neater and cleaner,” said Willimantic Waste Vice President Thomas DeVivo.

Collection also will be a lot quicker, he said. And he’s purchased new trucks that will arrive in August. “It’s going to be a lot better, but people need to be patient,” he said.

The contract

Vertefeuille said the new barrels will bring more awareness to recycling, which means the town will pay less to have its trash carted away.

The town pays “tipping fees” for trash, but doesn’t pay for recycling. In some cases, a town can be paid for its recyclables.

The barrels are paid for by Willimantic Waste, with the cost spread out over the 10-year contract.

The contract is a line item in the town’s budget, which is paid through property owners’ taxes.

Currently, the town spends $575,000 on municipal solid waste collection, but local officials believe the town now will only spend $555,000 in the 2010-11 fiscal year, thanks to increased recycling – a $20,000 savings.

Posted June 29, 2010 as edited by Brenda Sullivan, Editor


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