SHERBORN RECYCLING COMMITTEE

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SHERBORN RECYCLING COMMITTEE
Unofficial Minutes of the 298th Meeting of the Committee
Wednesday, February 11, 2015; Sherborn Town Hall
1. The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:00 PM. In attendance were members Carol Rubenstein, Charles Tyler, Andrea
Brennan (a quorum was not reached).
2. The January Meeting Minutes were not approved due to lack of a quorum.
3. Thank you’s were issued to:
Karl for doing the January minutes.
Andrea and Charlie for their continuing attention to the Styrofoam.
Boy Scout Jack Whitaker and his mother Corinne for helping with the Styrofoam .
Charlie for representing the Committee at the SBA awards ceremony.
Charlie for his continuing attention to the fluorescent bulbs and the rechargeable batteries and EVERYTHING else at the TS!
Jack M. for updating the spreadsheet so we now have a Summary sheet for FY15 and for CY15.
Thanks to Billy for unpacking the new Recycling Bins.
Andrea for her continuing work on the welcome bin program.
Ruane and Father for taking food waste from Pine Hill.
Carol for doing *everything* else!
4. Budget. Carol submitted the budget to the Advisory after the last meeting prior to BOS approval which may not be necessary at this
point. Carol mentioned to TA David Williams that she had wanted to make a pitch for townwide mailings, but he didn’t seem to think
it was necessary.
5. SBA Grant Awards ceremony. Thanks to Charlie for representing us at the ceremony. The SBA would like their logo to appear on our
compost pails and buckets and offered to design something. Carol suggested we use our logo and their logo separated with a
handshake.
6. Food Waste Program and DEP grant. Carol has not yet ordered more kitchen scrap buckets or pails with the $500 grant the
Committee received from DEP for a “Small Scale Initiative” applied for last summer. With both the SBA money and the DEP money
we should have a good supply of equipment for people in the spring.
7. April meeting date. Carol noted that she will be out of the country on the second Wednesday of April. It was decided to schedule the
meeting for Monday, April 6.
8. Boggestow Garden Club. Carol had a conversation with Sandy Carter and the BGC is very interested in a beautification project at the
transfer station. They suggest planting flowers at the end of the Swap Shop facing residents as they drive into the TS. They will also
consider some work at the front gate. She talked about involving High School kids who need Community Service hours and Carol
suggested also looking for Boy Scouts who may be looking for Explorer projects.
9. MassRecycle has changed its Membership Year date so our Membership dues are now due. $100, up from $80. Also have a bill from
Otto for Green Recycling Bins, $762.75, but no vote was taken.
10. Batteries. Carol read about a new battery Eveready has developed made from recycled materials and contacted the MassRecycle
message board about recycling alkaline batteries hoping that other towns that are doing it had an inexpensive way of doing it so that
we could provide Eveready with their recycled materials for this new battery. Unfortunately there is no program yet for alkaline
batteries. Carol did find out that Batteries Plus on Rte 9 in Natick will take that defibrillator batteries.
11. Permit Process for Haulers. Carol and Ron will set up a meeting time to discuss.
12. Container Painting and Lids for Athletic Field Barrels. Ron was absent, but the Committee would like to set a date/crew to
accomplish this task.
13. Restaurant Composting. Carol and Ron will discuss this possibility of the new owners implementing a program with the help of
Ruane.
14. Town Administrator Memo. Any requests for Town Counsel have to be voted by Committee and then submitted to Town
Administrator.
15. MassRecycle’s Conference. This year it is on March 30 at Quincy Marriott. Real World Issues, Real World Solutions
Transfer Station issues:
1. Roof repairs to control building: Volunteer roof repair may commence in spring using accumulated asphalt shingles.
2. Rats still seem to be under control
3. Scrap Metal Prices: In the summer of 2008 at the height of the market we were paid $250/gt. The low point was in November 2009
when we were paid $110/gt. Since then we exceeded that when we received $255/gt from June 2011-early Oct and as little as
$150/gt (in Sept ‘12).. In September 2014 Matthew Applebaum from Framingham Salvage commented the markets are dropping, and
as of December it continued to drop as we received $135 for one load and $120 for the next one.
4. Tonnage Report:
TRASH: In Dec. there were 11 trips of trash to Millbury. In Jan. there were 11 trips of trash to Millbury. Tonnage for trash was down
by 11.6 tons in Dec. PAPER: In Dec EL Harvey accepted 6 loads of paper. In Jan EL Harvey accepted 6 deliveries. Total tonnage from
Dec to down by 5.26 tons. COMMINGLED: In Dec ELH accepted 2 loads of commingled. In Jan they accepted 3 loads. From Dec to Jan
tonnage went up by 7.38 tons.
Computed rates for the fiscal year : Recycling Rate for the town in FY15 in Dec was 34.81%. Now it is 34.47%. Average monthly trash
tonnage for the town for FY15 is 118.8 and in Jan it was 119.67, so that is down by almost .9 ton. Average MSW per household is
151.07 and is still projected to be a little less than 1 ton for the year, but since we have business waste mixed in we really don’t
know what average MSW per hh is. Average trash per person is 50.36 lbs. a little less than last month Average recycling per person
is 25.5 lbs., not quite as good as last month, but probably not significant.
Recycle committee meeting CALENDAR 2nd Wednesday of month at 7 PM at Town Hall EXCEPT WHERE NOTED: Mar 11, April 6,
May 13, Jun 10, Jul 8, Aug 12.
TONNAGE REPORT, INCLUDING AVERAGES FROM YEARS 1999 THROUGH FY2015
FY2015
July - '14
August
September
October
November
December
January
February
March
April
May
June - '15
TOTAL
FISCAL YEAR 2015 Average
2015 vs 2014
% Change
Fiscal 2014 Avg
Fiscal 2013 Avg
Fiscal 2012 Avg
Fiscal 2011 Avg
Fiscal 2010 Avg
Fiscal 2009 Avg
Fiscal 2008 Avg
Fiscal 2007 Avg
Fiscal 2006 Avg
Fiscal 2005 Avg
Fiscal 2004 Avg
Fiscal 2003 Avg
Fiscal 2002 Avg
Fiscal 2001 Avg
Fiscal 2000 Avg
Fiscal 1999 Avg
Submitted by
Andrea Brennan
MSW
Paper
Commingled
Other
Diverted
Recycl Rate
119.30
120.40
122.60
119.10
111.70
124.90
113.30
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
831.30
118.76
-3.58
-2.93
122.34
123.86
137.18
135.81
139.95
136.42
145.23
152.07
159.09
160.70
160.98
155.45
169.58
181.35
201.28
196.83
40.45
35.58
35.53
43.50
40.12
40.25
34.99
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
270.42
38.63
0.33
0.86
38.30
36.61
39.02
40.79
42.56
45.86
50.57
53.28
52.07
55.22
54.61
50.53
46.03
47.23
31.30
29.41
15.33
15.56
16.21
17.07
15.53
10.18
17.56
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
107.44
15.35
-1.20
-7.25
16.55
17.03
17.36
15.18
15.46
16.29
17.35
16.35
15.78
15.54
14.98
13.59
12.96
13.07
8.17
8.30
8.27
16.05
10.01
9.99
3.81
6.44
4.82
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
59.39
8.48
-0.71
-7.76
9.20
8.25
9.22
8.36
12.15
9.63
10.37
9.58
10.59
5.51
11.89
1.18
1.88
0.43
4.96
0.18
64.05
67.19
61.75
70.56
59.46
56.87
57.37
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
437.25
62.46
-1.58
-2.47
64.05
61.89
65.61
64.33
70.17
71.78
69.83
79.21
67.85
70.75
69.59
64.11
58.99
60.30
39.46
37.72
34.93
35.82
33.50
37.20
34.74
31.29
33.61
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34.47
4.92
-29.44
-85.67
34.36
33.32
32.35
32.15
33.34
34.54
32.42
34.28
29.90
30.60
30.24
29.16
25.83
24.99
16.29
16.02
Recycling/
MSW/
MSW/
Capita
Capita
Households
63.60
53.02
159.07
66.72
53.51
160.53
61.32
54.49
163.47
70.07
52.93
158.80
59.04
49.64
148.93
56.48
55.51
166.53
56.97
50.36
151.07
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
194.33
369.47
1108.40
27.76
52.78
158.34
-0.70
-1.59
-4.77
-2.47
-2.93
-2.93
28.47
54.37
163.12
27.51
55.05
165.14
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