Londonderry officials vow to search for solution to illegal dumping
Last month, when Czyzowski presented his annual budget proposal to the council, the public works director said he would continue negotiations with Allied Waste Management, the company that provides Londonderry’s trash removal services.
Under the current five-year-contract, which ends this summer, the town pays $614,000 annually for trash collection.
Savings are further outlined in 2016, with the revised contract coming in at $580,000, which is $18,000 less than the contract that was originally proposed.
Council Vice Chairman Tom Dolan suggested Town Manager Kevin Smith and Finance Manager Susan Hickey look into the matter further, noting that the funds saved could be used in other areas of need, such as the town’s road repair program, which is underfunded.
“I don’t know what the solution is, but this is an issue that needs to be kept alive,” Dolan said.
“It’s a tremendous cost to the town,” he said. “And there’s really no easy solution.”
The Londonderry Drop-off Center, located off West Road, is open Saturdays from early April through late November. Residents may dispose of their larger unwanted household items — which aren’t permitted on the curbside during weekly trash pickup — at that site for a fee. The town charges residents $14 per item for disposal of large furniture pieces such as sofas and full-sized mattresses, and $7 each for smaller items like chairs or twin-sized mattresses.
In New Hampshire, those charged with littering can face fines of up to $2,000, along with a year in prison. According to Chapter XVI of the town’s municipal code, litter is defined as “all rubbish, refuse, garbage, yard waste, trash, debris, dead animals or other discarded materials of every kind and description.”
But that hasn’t stopped people from dumping their old couches and televisions along Londonderry’s many back roads.
“Maybe there’s a break-even point for us,” he said, suggesting the town arrange for large item pick-up, dividing the town into four different regions.
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