Electronics not included in Aspinwall trash collection
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 email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Fox Chapel Area receives grant; seeks partner school to mentor
- Hartwood Fest to raise money to repair stables, organ
- Animal Friends suggests trap, release program for Sharpsburg stray cats
- Fox Chapel Area homecoming to feature football, carnival, tight parking
- Volunteers gear up for Heritage Day in Sharpsburg
- Waterplant upgrades get Sharpsburg Council OK