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New Scotland Archives The Altamont Enterprise, June 16, 2011
By Saranac Hale Spencer
NEW SCOTLAND A new hauler will be collecting garbage for town residents starting this summer.
Last month, the town board voted, 4 to 0 with Councilman Richard Reilly absent, to accept Robert Wright Disposal’s bid to collect town residents’ garbage. The annual cost, starting on July 1, is $274,800 and includes the purchase and distribution of garbage cans that are compatible with the mechanized arms that lift the cans into the company’s trucks.
The system for lifting the garbage cans cuts down on workers’ compensation claims, Jerry Wright explained to the board at its May 11 meeting, since employees don’t get out of the trucks to lift the cans and their contents into the truck. His company had the lowest bid of four.
The town paid Pollard Disposal $293,782 for the current year’s contract. New Scotland has contracted with Pollard since 1997, except for two years.
Wright contracts with the village of Voorheesville and handles single-stream recycling, which means that residents don’t sort their recyclables.