Wareham's waste assessment jumps to nearly $90,000

Feb 22, 2017

Talk about sticker shock.

On Tuesday, Town Administrator Derek Sullivan told Selectmen the town’s assessment for being part of the Carver/Marion/Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District was hiked from roughly $1,200 to $89,000 this year.

“This is a big hit to receive out of nowhere,” said Sullivan. “We can’t dedicate the revenue to this. We’re going to have to take a moment and think about what we do in this case.”

Of the three towns served in the district, Wareham generates a little more than half of the total amount accepted at the district’s Benson Brook Road facility, located in Marion, Sullivan said.

Stickers allowing people to use the facility are sold annually through the Harbormaster’s office. The stickers also allow residents access to park at town beaches. Sullivan said reassessing the sticker fee may be on the table.

“We sell dump stickers combined with beach stickers for almost nothing,” said Sullivan. “We could separate them to offset the dump fee.”

No decisions were made on Tuesday. Instead, Selectmen voted to have Chair Judith Whiteside and Sullivan work together to come up with a plan to bring back before the board.

Selectman Patrick Tropeano cautioned that raising the transfer station may invite problems.

“As soon as you raise fees to bring trash to the dump, you get people throwing trash on the side of the road,” said Tropeano. “We’ve got to look at this.”