Greensburg garbage rates increase as hazardous, electronics waste pickup offered
Greensburg residents will be able to get rid of household hazardous waste and unneeded electronics equipment with a phone call.
Under a new contract approved by Greensburg City Council, Waste Management Inc. in North Huntingdon has set up household hazardous waste and “e-waste” collection programs for city residents, starting next year.
At the same time, residents will be paying a little more for trash and recycling services.
Council awarded a four-year contract to Waste Management, the lone bidder, that calls for residents to pay $15.80 per month in 2014 and 2015, up from $14.75 this year.
The rate will increase to $16.49 per month in 2016 and 2017.
“I think it's a reasonable cost, considering the increased service,” said City Administrator Sue Trout, who oversees the city's trash and recycling programs.
Under the household hazardous waste and e-waste collection programs, residents will call Waste Management ahead of time to set up a collection appointment, company spokesman Albert Pasquarelli said.
Waste Management will send a kit to the residents with an instruction sheet.
Materials such as poisons, pesticides and aerosols must be put in the kit.
Some other items — such as e-waste items like televisions and computer monitors — are to be placed beside the kit or another prearranged site after contacting the waste hauler.
On the scheduled day, a customer-service technician will collect the materials from the resident.
The collected items will go to a state-approved landfill in McKees Rocks, where they will be sorted, Pasquarelli explained.
“It's an extension of our recycling program,” Pasquarelli said.
The service will be offered year-round. Neighbors can combine a small number of household hazardous waste items for pickup, according to a Waste Management handout.
Waste Management will be sending information to residents soon, including the telephone number that should be used to schedule pickups, Pasquarelli said.
Senior citizens will continue to receive a 15 percent discount on their trash bills, and residents will get a 2 percent discount if they pay their yearly bill in full in advance, Trout said.
The city has continued the program of allowing residents to get rid of one large item per month, she added.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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