Grant from non-profit group will save Weare $5,000 on new recycling equipment
WEARE — Though voters approved the nearly $45,000 it would cost to add a new baler for recycled plastic and an open-topped trailer two years ago, Director of Public Works Timothy Redmond feels a responsibility to spend less than he was given.
"It's my job to make sure the budget doesn't keep rising every year," said Redmond, who recently secured a $5,000 grant to offset the cost of the transfer station equipment.
The Public Works and Highway departments require the most money each year from Weare's taxpayers, and Redmond is keenly aware that every nickel is important to the people he serves. So Redmond has made it his mission to find money to offset costs everywhere he can. Reaching out to a private nonprofit organization called New Hampshire the Beautiful, Redmond was able to secure the $5,000 grant to help improve recycling efforts at the transfer station.
But Redmond said he's also careful about where the money comes from.
"A lot of people are against taking federal money these days," Redmond said. "So I try to find organizations that are funded in other ways."
New Hampshire the Beautiful raises funds from the people who make and sell the things the town recycles, Redmond said. Soft drink, malt beverage and grocery industries contribute to the organization to help make sure the packaging from their products ends up being recycled, not throw in the trash or on the side of the road.
"It makes sense that the people who benefit from the sale of these products are helping to increase recycling," Redmond said.
And recycling is an important source of income for the town of Weare. The bottles, cans, scrap metal and paper collected at the transfer station is sold through an organization called Northeast Resource Recovery and brings in over $100,000 a year in revenue, said Town Administrator Naomi Bolton."Some towns are paying to get rid of their recycling," said Redmond.