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Derry gets grant for new scrap metal recycling trailer


DERRY — Thanks to a grant from a nonprofit trust, the town will receive some financial help for its scrap metal recycling program.

The town council agreed Tuesday night to accept a grant from New Hampshire the Beautiful to help fund the replacement cost of an aging trailer used to haul scrap metal to recycling centers. Councilors voted 5-1 to accept the grant of approximately $1,200. Councilor Al Dimmock cast the lone opposing vote.

The remaing funds to pay for the roll-off trailer, which will cost approximately $6,000, will come from the fiscal year 2015 operating budget, according to officials.

Derry recycles several hundred tons of scrap metal annually, according to officials.

For years, the town “has aggressively marketed the metals for maximum value,” said Alan Cote, superintendent of operations for the highway department.

Derry had been using a trailer to haul the materials to the various recycling centers in the area, Cote said. But the trailer, which was built in the 1990s, has rusted out and can no longer be used, he said.

“That container is definitely off the road,” Cote said. “The gussets are completely rusted out, and if the walls were to fail on that we’d end up with a lot of recyclables on the road.”

Dimmock said he understood that some companies can pick up the scrap metals and questioned why the trailer was necessary.

Cote said it all depends on where the metals that are to be sold are bound.

“I know that the recycling coordinator of the transfer station aggressively looks at the best market,” Cote said. “Depending on the month, we are getting different prices, from different companies for the materials that are going out.

Some of the companies pick up the material, while others could require delivery, he said.

hmcgee@newstote.com

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