Shaler garbage deal could include electronics
Shaler Township residents soon may be able to dispose of electronic and household hazardous waste through their regular trash collection service.
The Shaler Township Board of Commissioners on Oct. 8 approved a new contract with Republic Services Inc. to be the township's trash collector through 2016, with an optional contract extension through 2018.
The contract provides additional household hazardous waste and electronic waste removal services starting as early as Jan. 1.
Customers will be able to call or email Republic Services to arrange for a special pickup of household hazardous waste such as paints or oil, and electronic waste such as old TVs and computers.
The company will deliver a special container and packaging instructions.
“We're excited about serving the community,” said John McGoran, Republic Services representative, adding the company has worked in Shaler Township for the past nine years under various names.
Residents will pay $16.95 per month in the first year of the contract, and the amount will increase to $17.80 by 2016. The added household hazardous waste and electronic waste removal services will cost an additional $1 per month.
The current standard rate is $18.46 per month.
“I'm pleased to announce this is lower than what we're paying now,” township Manager Tim Rogers said of the new contract rate, “even with the additional dollar.”
Rogers said the cost for trash services is less because the township's high rate of recycling lowers Republic Services' landfill costs.
“The more you recycle, the less your bill will be,” Rogers said.
The new program will replace the township's biannual electronic recycling events at Kiwanis Park. The next event is Saturday, Oct. 26.
Rogers said the recycling events have become so popular that traffic backs up from the park to the traffic light at Mt. Royal Boulevard and Wetzel Road, and the township's recycling vendor, JVS Environmental Services, based out of Rockwood, hauls away about two 40-foot trailers of electronic waste after each event.
“This saves residents from having to load the waste, and it saves six public works guys from working two Saturdays per year,” Rogers said.
McGoran said the program will start Jan. 1, providing Republic Services receives its license from the state Department of Environmental Protection. If the license is delayed, the recycling program might not start until the second quarter.
Once the new recycling program is in place, a flier will be sent to all customers explaining it.
Electronic waste under the new contract will be picked up at the curb, and household hazardous waste will be picked up from the front porch or stoop.
Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or email@example.com.
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