WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — The trash-disposal system for solid waste in Westborough may soon be getting an overhaul and converted from a haul-it-yourself to a pay-as-you-throw program.
At Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Manager Jim Malloy showed board members the bags used in his hometown of Grafton, which cost 75 cents each.
Malloy said the service will most likely be provided by E.L. Harvey.
"I can tell you, from my own personal experience, that they do a fantastic job," Malloy said, noting that he originally proposed the plan in 2009. "It's very easy, and it's encouraging people to [recycle]."
Recycled material would be hauled away without charge under the Westborough proposal.
Malloy said his family uses about one green trash bag per week, which works out to about $40 per year. Dump stickers cost $120 for two years.
The revenue from the bags is projected to total about $300,000.
Selectmen laid out plans for a study of the potential project, but were encouraged by the idea.
"Not only are we providing a quality service to our residents, but we're doing it in a way that could also generate revenue" Selectman Tim Dodd said.
The board said it plans to create an ad hoc committee that will consist of two members each from the Board of Selectmen and Board of Health, along with the town manager, to work on the project.