Old computers, gravel, part of experience at transfer station

The question of what is wrong with the Wilton transfer station, that requires a study by town officials of how to modernize the experience, requires nothing more than a visit to the facility off Mather Street.

True, all appears well and good when you look at the neat and tidy transfer station bins that hold materials including old books, scrap metal, newspapers and obsolete 1990s tube televisions and computer screens.

Things get shaky when you consider that the computer system that makes the station run is 27 years old, which is ancient by technology standards. Much of the station is covered with gravel, rather than blacktop, and the entrance to what should be a gate is lined with traffic cones. The way in and out can be a little confusing, too, because of all the traffic cones and stop signs, locals say.

That is apparently why town officials are studying the transfer station, including how to modernize the experience for residents. First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice announced the study during a Board of Selectmen meeting June 5.

“Town employees will be performing the study, so it does not represent any additional cost. We expect to work on this throughout the summer and hope to identify a more efficient option by the fall,” Vanderslice said later, when asked to comment on the work.

The Department of Public Works manages the transfer station. The Bulletin requested information about conditions at the transfer station there, but did not get a response.

All transfer station vehicle permit stickers issued for 2016-17 will remain valid until further notice. Residents are required to have a sticker adhered to their vehicle and purchase paper tickets for the disposal of solid waste and other waste streams.

Free vehicle permit stickers are available at the town clerk’s office with a limit of two per household. Vehicle registration must be presented. If a vehicle is not registered at a Wilton address, proof of residency is required.

Vehicle permit stickers must be affixed to the right-hand side of the windshield. Transfer station personnel will check for stickers at the station entrance.

Tickets for use in the disposal of solid waste and other waste streams will continue to be sold at the town clerk’s office. Tickets are not sold at the transfer station.

The town clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Vehicle permit stickers and tickets are also available by mail. Enclose a copy of vehicle registration for a sticker, a check for the proper amount for tickets, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. The town clerk’s office is at town hall, 238 Danbury Road.

For more information about the transfer station and Wilton's waste and recycling programs, please visit www.wiltonct.org.