by Penelope Doherty
CRAFTSBURY – The Town of Craftsbury held its first bulk waste collection on Saturday, June 19, and accounted for four dump trucks of materials, 20-plus mattresses,180-plus tires, and a “whopper pile” of metals.
Select board co-chairs Jimmy Jones and Bruce Urie and volunteers Dave Brown, Penelope Doherty, Bob Griffiths, and Jane Solomon slung tires and unloaded sofas, mattresses, construction materials and more from approximately 50 resident vehicles.
Doherty commended town staff Steve Perkins, who kept the materials moving but watched over everyone’s safety.
Select board member Susie Houston also commended Craftsbury residents who loaded up their items. “It’s so important to keep waste from our roadsides and streams, and residents need a way to dispose of these large items properly,” she said.
Select board co-chair Jimmy Jones and Doherty (Craftsbury’s representative to the Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District) are already planning next year’s event, building on things learned this year, including more advance education.
“For next year, we want to help people know what should come to bulky waste, and what shouldn’t,” Jones said. “We don’t want things unnecessarily going to the landfill.”