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Electronics not included in Aspinwall trash collection

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Aspinwall residents will have to find a way to dispose of televisions, computers and other electronics this year.

Borough officials opted not to pickup the optional $3 per quarter surcharge from Waste Management to provide the service.

State law that went into effect this year prohibits electronics from being placed out on the curb for disposal.

Waste Management offered to perform that service and charge residents $3 more per quarter but that would mean the borough would have to put the contract out for bid again, Councilman Joe Noro said.

Company officials also said Waste Management could not allow only some in the community to accept the $3 charge.

“They refused to do that. Either everyone opts in or the community can't do it at all,” Noro said.

Solicitor Steve Korbel said the contract will be up in a year unless the borough accepts an option to extend it.

He said company officials have been offering the same deal to other communities he represents but it would cost them too much to send a truck to collect items from only select residents.

“They're not being very flexible,” Korbel said.

Allegheny County does have locations where people can recycle and dispose of those items.

Councilman Joe Giuffre said since other options were available, the next year should be fine with the current contract.

“It wouldn't be like there wasn't anywhere they could get rid of it,” Giuffre said.

Noro said he would continue to talk with Waste Management representatives to see if there are any options to help residents.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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