The Mashpee transfer station has begun accepting bulky items ranging from mattresses to automobile batteries, propane tanks, and tires after a hiatus of several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of Wednesday, May 20, transfer station users can discard such items at the usual fees after being asked to hang onto the items until normal operations at the station resumed.
“A lot of people have been holding those items and have been good enough not to dump them in the woods, unlike some people, so the opportunity to get rid of them in a responsible manner will open up on Wednesday,” Selectman Chairman Andrew R. Gottlieb said at the Monday, May 18, selectmen’s meeting.
Mr. Gottlieb asked that transfer station users be mindful of social distancing and be prepared to dispose of their bulky items without the need for assistance from transfer station employees.
“If there are large items that are hard for people to move by themselves, you might want to bring somebody with you so you’re not imposing on the staff and asking them to help you carry stuff at too close a proximity,” Mr. Gottlieb said.
Director of Public Works Catherine E. Laurent said the restrictions on bulky items had been put in place to help with social distancing and because some businesses with which the station disposes the bulky items had not been in operation.
“We did not have the capacity to just hold onto items,” Ms. Laurent said.