Letter: A shout out to the Westport Transfer Station

Posted 7/14/21

To the editor:

Every weekend, as I begin my day, my first stop at 8:30 is usually to unload the weekly trash. Up the road I go, half asleep but ready to sort through the various recyclables …

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Letter: A shout out to the Westport Transfer Station

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To the editor:

Every weekend, as I begin my day, my first stop at 8:30 is usually to unload the weekly trash. Up the road I go, half asleep but ready to sort through the various recyclables consumed during the past week.

As I make the turn past the landscaped entrance to the Transfer Station, a smile spreads across my face as I take in all the unwanted adopted animals sitting on the left side boulder. Other collectible treasures also show up from time to time, and today, I notice a two foot long, five-pound antique plumber’s wrench hanging on the shed near the American flag.  I am astonished that people worked with such heavy hand tools all day long. 

As I pull up to the shed, Fred greets me in his usual friendly way, punching my pass and wishing me a nice day. The lot is spotless and, as I look to my left, I notice Tim standing on a stepladder waxing the hood of the town’s new dump truck.

Across the lot, I pull up to the trash dumpster with the freshly painted parking blocks and guard rails. The deck is swept clean and ready for the expected traffic throughout the day. After dropping my trash off, I proceed to the various collection bins, barrels and dumpsters used to sort our recyclables. Each collection site has been placed logically and displays large signs explaining what goes where. An employee is usually present in this area to assist with any confusion and physically help any elderly or disabled who require assistance. Employees also must be vigilant as children, animals and oblivious adults wander the parking lot with traffic backing in and out. It can be dangerous when busy and safety is paramount. 

So, under the watchful eye of the ninja turtle warrior perched upon the hard plastics dumpster, I cross the lot driving past Wayne’s Way, around the corner and to the freshly painted exit gate. As I pause to turn on Hix Bridge Road, it occurs to me that the folks that run this facility really work hard at making recycling a pleasant experience, and take great pride in their work. Thank you for your dedication and work on behalf of the Town of Westport!

Now, off to get my donuts…

Dan Burns

Westport

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