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Bethel has conducted an online survey about the town's Transfer Station.  The transfer station advisory committee is studying how to operate the facility so that it doesn't need taxpayer funding to break even each year.  First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says the "directional poll" was done to give a general idea of why people use or don't use the transfer station. 

 

The web poll only allowed 100 responses. 

 

Knickerbocker says 66-percent of respondents said they don't use the transfer station, with about half of those people noting that the annual permit cost of $50 a year is too high.  43-percent said it's easier to hire someone to pick up trash at their homes.  17-percent responded that they didn't know the town has a transfer station. 

 

Half of those who responded that they use the facility said it's for the swap table, 46-percent for general recycling and 33-percent for dropping off household garbage. 

 

Knickerbocker said feedback included lowering the permit cost and having more convenient hours.

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