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New Milford Recycling Center to be managed under Public/Private partnership agreement

Starting next Tuesday, the New Milford Recycling Center will be managed under a Public/Private partnership agreement by a New Milford-based family owned business. Three Veterans LLC is owned by Bob Hanna, who managed the center for the town from April 2017 to September 2019.   Under the agreement, Three Veterans will pay about $1,000 each month, and then keep the fees residents pay to use the center.  Any fee increase would be subject to Town Council approval.  The hours will be extended and more types of recyclables will be accepted.  If recyclables become profitable again, the town and Three Veterans will determine how the proceeds will be split.  Mayor Pete Bass says this change was made in order to save money, largely due to the volatile recycling market.  He says the town used to be able to sell some recyclables, but because China has become more restrictive on what they accept, the town has to pay people to take them away.  New Milford will still hold the permit from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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