Tremont â The latest report from the Acadia Disposal District shows that the new recycling program between the ADD and the city of Ellsworth has benefited the four participating ADD towns.
The Tremont Board of Selectmen recently reviewed the latest memorandum from ADD chairman Tony Smith and treasurer Elliott Spiker.
The new regional recycling program, which enrolled the towns of Frenchboro, Tremont, Trenton and Mount Desert, is now in its seventh month. Residents of the towns take their recyclables to drop-off locations, and the materials are then collected and transported to the Ellsworth transfer station.
Ellsworth charges an annual fee of $26,000 for use of their transfer station and 25 percent of the profits for handling and selling the recyclables. Net profits from the sale of the recyclables are credited back to the towns, the memo said.
“In spite of a slow start, a total of 93 tons of recyclables were hauled to the Ellsworth transfer station during the first six months (January-June 2011),” the memo said. “This represents a savings in tipping fees (total fees about $100/ton) of about $9,300. In addition, the net resale value of these materials was about $10,000â¦The savings and the revenue total about $19,000.
“Considering the recycling fee of $13,000 plus the cost of dumpsters and hauling, it appears the program overall is well on its way to covering costs and turning a profit.
“As of June 30, 2011, the ADD received $4,675 in revenue payments from the city of Ellsworth and is reimbursing this to the townsâ¦,” the memo said.
Tremont officials said they are continuing to work out little glitches, such as the scheduling of the transfer of materials from Tremont to Ellsworth, in that town’s recycling program.