New Ken makes electronic waste disposal easier
New Kensington residents will have an easier method of disposing of hazardous and electronic waste next year.
Council on Tuesday approved a 2014 garbage contract with Waste Management that can be renewed for as many as two years.
Mayor Tom Guzzo said the contract will include an option that allows for the collection of hazardous items, such as paint, and electronics like televisions and computers.
Guzzo said there currently isn't a nearby, convenient option for New Kensington residents to dispose of such items.
City Clerk Dennis Scarpiniti said residents will be able to call Waste Management and schedule a pickup if they have something aside from general trash to throw away.
Scarpiniti said residents will receive information from the company about what will be collected and how to arrange a pickup.
City Controller John Zavadak said residents still will have to get their televisions and other items to the curb; Waste Management won't go into homes to remove them.
Officials hope adding the collection of televisions and similar items will reduce the amount of trash dumped in city alleys.
Scarpiniti said Waste Management has agreed to haul away debris already left in the alleys if the city gathers it and takes it to the city garage.
Officials said Waste Management was the lower of two bidders for the contract.
New Kensington will pay Waste Management $129 per ton next year for collection, at an estimated total cost of just over $900,000. Scarpiniti said the city pays about $120 per ton currently.
The contract includes an optional renewal rate of about $133 per ton, or $930,000, in 2015 and about $137 per ton, or nearly $960,000 in 2016.
Scarpiniti said city officials do not anticipate garbage rates will increase next year.
He said residents now pay almost $65 per quarter.
“We're excited to be able to offer this,” Guzzo said.
Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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