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Sharon still undecided about how to treat trash

SHARON — Planned closure of the MIRA trash-to-energy incinerator facility in Hartford, due in July 2022, led the selectmen to discuss the alternative plan at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

When the state’s Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA), which has accepted trash from throughout Litchfield County,  closes this summer, towns will need to find a new way to get rid of their non-recyclable solid waste. Towns in MIRA’s coverage area are being asked to commit to a five-year plan that has trash being transported to landfills in the Midwest or the South.

No decision was reached about signing the contract.  The selectmen agreed to confer with administrators at the Sharon-Salisbury transfer station with a view toward also reducing the overall volume of town-produced trash as a sensible goal.

Although he said the state’s plan is “irresponsible,” Selectman Dale Jones conceded that, “We don’t have any place to put it,” referring to the town’s waste stream.

“We’re going to dump our trash on poor people,” Selectman Casey Flanagan said, summarizing his view of the plan’s overall impact.

The selectmen agreed that individual households, as a start, need to cut down on waste, finding ways to reuse items rather than throw them away, and to purchase goods with less packaging.

“Keeping our waste down will save money,” Jones said.

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