Type in your browser, ‘cost of recycling in New Hampshire’s small towns,’ and your monitor will display a number of articles describing the skyrocketing costs of recycling and the negative impact on small communities in particular.
Unfortunately, Waterville Valley has succumbed to what’s become a recycling nightmare and the town has announced the discontinuation of its recycling program.
Below is a letter from Waterville Valley Town Manager, Mark Decoteau, to Waterville Valley property owners explaining the situation.
Dear Property Owners,
As you may be aware, recyclables markets across this region and the entire country have been on the decline. Currently, there is very little to no market for the materials we have been separating from our household trash. Recently North Country Environmental Services notified the Town that effective December 31, 2018, the Zero Sort Recycling Program will end. We have reviewed several options and determined that there is currently no financially sustainable way to continue recycling here in town.
Accordingly, we will stop recycling here in Waterville Valley effective November 19, 2018. All trash can be disposed of in either green or blue dumpsters and there is no need to separate any materials such as plastics or glass.
The Selectmen are looking into other options for Waterville Valley residents to take recyclables to an alternate facility in the area. Other communities are facing the same market issues and there is pressure on all programs to scale back or end. This is making it difficult to find alternatives to meet our recycling needs. We will send out notices if and when we make new recycling arrangements in the future.