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The sticker system was adopted by the towns earlier this year in an effort to cut down on the number of out-of-town residents who use the transfer station. He said even people from New Hampshire cross the Connecticut River to leave their recyclables at the joint BF-Westminster drop off center. Residents of Athens and Grafton must buy a $25 sticker for their cars in order to use the recycling center, he said. Westminster Town Manager Russell Hodgkins said Monday the towns had originally planned on charging residents of both Rockingham and Westminster $25 for their stickers, but they abandoned that plan. He said Westminster still has curbside pickup for both garbage and recyclables, but he said about one third of all the town residents use the Wednesday-Saturday transfer station. Some things need to be taken directly to the transfer station, such as a couch or construction debris. "And if you're cleaning out your refrigerator," he said. Hodgkins said the finances of the center were handled by the town of Rockingham. Susan Hammond, chairwoman of the Rockingham Select Board, said the stickers were adopted because of the general feeling that out-of-town people were taking advantage of Rockingham and Westminster. "It was felt by some that people from outside of Rockingham and Westminster were using the center and this was costing tax payers money," she wrote in an email.
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