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Newton City Councilor Alison Leary had a column in the TAB last week outlining the challenges –and costs, monetary and environmental — of trash removal.

Newton has four more years on its five-year contract with Waste Management, Inc. Now is the time to start planning for a truly sustainable approach to solid waste practices. With landfills closing and a ban on new [Wheelabrator Saugus waste to energy] facilities, we can anticipate paying higher fees in the future, as well as dealing with the significant environmental and public health costs that are associated with burning and burying the majority of our solid waste.