By Curt Peterson
Killington Town Manager Chet Hagenbarth announced changes for using the town transfer station at 2981 River Road last week at the regular Select Board meeting.
The new rules apply to residential users only – commercial regulations will be announced later, Hagenbarth said.
Starting Nov. 1, transfer station hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
To gain access to the transfer station each driver will have to show a transfer station permit that can be used with any vehicle – multi-car families won’t have to purchase multiple cards as they do in other area towns.
The permits will cost $25 each and will be good for one year.
“The cards will be available next week,” Hagenbarth said.
In addition to the permit card, users will have to have a punch card. Trash disposal will cost $3 a bag – one punch on the card.
“There’s a 5-punch card, a 10-punch card and a 24-punch card that all cost $3 per punch,” Select Board member Jim Haff explained. They must be purchased at town hall.
Zero-Sort recycling is free, but users must have a permit to access the recycling bins, even if they aren’t bringing trash, Haff said at the Select Board meeting. Haff has been staffing the transfer station by himself since Santos Ramos, the previous manager, left the position.
Vermonters have been required to separate food waste from their trash since July 1. The transfer station provides receptacles into which biodegradable bags of food waste can be deposited free of charge with a permit.
“The biodegradable bags are available on-line, or you can get them at Hannaford’s in Rutland,” Haff said.
The Select Board also designated Nov. 7-9 as “Free Bulky Days” when any large furniture or appliance items that don’t contain Freon (such as refrigerators, air conditioners, etc.) can be delivered to the transfer station without charge. Members of the Killington highway crew assist Haff on Free Bulky Days.
“If the items have Freon,” Haff said, “the town gets charged for disposal, so we pass that cost along.”
Bulky items can be taken to the transfer station any time, but require paying for disposal. Haff said there is a “Bulky Sheet” listing charges for specific items the rest of the year.