The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District has signed off on a proposed five year contract with Casella Waste Systems, according to iBerkshires.com.

The Northern Berkshire Waste District previously held a contract with Republic Services and recently went out to bid for a new contract. Casella Waste Management purchased some of Republic's assets last year.

Changes were minor and mostly reflected small language tweaks  However, the district expects that waste removal rates will go up.

Program Director Linda Cernik said conversations about the proposed Center For Hard to Recycle Materials (CHARM) at the North Adams transfer station are ongoing.

As always, there is much more to the story, including other items discussed at last Thursday's waste district committee meeting. Visit their website at iBerkshires.com.