MONTVILLE — Town officials gathered at the transfer station to celebrate the new industrial trash compactor at a ribbon-cutting Saturday, Dec. 18, with free hot cocoa and snacks.

A red ribbon was strung around the hulking piece of machinery that replaced the town’s now-defunct garbage truck. 

The town had been renting Freedom’s garbage truck, but needed to come up with a more permanent and cost-effective solution. Voters approved buying the compactor over replacing the garbage truck at the June town meeting.

A cement pad was installed to hold the machine, along with an adjacent dumpster that is to be replaced when full. The compacting operation is situated near where the resident sand shed was located previously. A repurposed ice shack was purchased as a warming hut for compactor attendants.

As a show of appreciation on this brisk Saturday morning, residents were treated to one free garbage bag disposal using the new compactor.

Rep. S. Paige Zeigler, D-Montville, throws his free bag of trash into the new trash compactor Dec. 18 as Hannah Hatfield looks on. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

 

Montville Select Board member Cathy Roberts prepares to press the green start button Dec. 18 at the town transfer station. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

 

A repurposed ice shack is the new attendant warming hut at the Montville transfer station Dec. 18. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Inside the warming hut sit Hannah Hatfield, left, and Cathy Roberts, Dec. 18 at the trash compactor ribbon-cutting. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Transfer station attendant Brad Peters cuts the ribbon on the new trash compactor as Select Board member Cathy Roberts looks on Dec. 18. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

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