Towns that contract with the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) for trash removal and recycling are currently paying about $83 per ton, and that is projected to go up to about $91 in the next fiscal year. Over the past two years, MIRA officials have been trying to combine state bonding, a new power-purchase agreement for the energy generated by the plant, and renewable energy credits to keep the cost of disposal to about $95 per ton after the plant is renovated. But without those three additional revenue sources, towns will have to pay $145 per ton for their waste disposal – a 42% increase over the current rate. That was unacceptable to municipalities. Most board members were disappointed in the state’s decision not to help provide financing to continue operations. The state does have a small window to come up with financing—Aug. 31.