New recycling program

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Hoping to increase recycling, Norwell officials have begun planning a pay-as-you throw trash program that could be up and running by next summer. Currently, there is no additional fee for weekly curbside trash and recycling pickup in Norwell. A pay-as-you-throw plan would require residents to purchase garbage bags for curbside collection. There would be no additional cost for picking up recyclables. “The rates for our solid waste disposal are increasing, so if more people recycle, it will reduce our costs significantly,” said Health Agent Brian Flynn. He said the board of health will seek public input as the program is developed. Norwell recently received a $52,300 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection to start a pay-as-you-throw program. “The town of Norwell has taken another positive step to reduce its carbon footprint,” state state Representative Rhonda Nyman, a Hanover Democrat, said in a press release.

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