In an attempt to cut expenses, Beverly is looking into whether it should cease printing paper versions of its recycling calendar this year and instead offer only an on-line version.
According to town officials, the decision will be made after the city renegotiates its trash contract which will take about six months. Until then only the online version will be available.
“It’s very costly to print them and mail them, so we just held tight to print them until the contract is re-negotiated,” said Eric Barber, Beverly’s city engineer. “People these days are getting more tech savvy and that’s the format they like to see them in.''
"In some regards consider the next six months a pilot program,” said Barber.
Barber said that once the negotiation wraps up, town officials will determine whether to print the updated calendar. Any specific details associated with the frequency of when and how trash and recyclables are picked up will be affected by the new contract, he added.
City Counselor Vice President Wes Slate said he favors not printing the calendar.
“We’re always looking to save some money,” Slate said. “I think it was the right decision.”