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Jefferson Hills' new refuse hauler's first week interrupted by deep freeze

| Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 9:03 p.m.

It took bad weather to interrupt the debut of Republic Services trash haulers in Jefferson Hills on Jan. 7.

Below-zero temperatures kept Republic trucks off the road one day during the company's first week of a five-year contract.

“Theirs was the lowest bid,” said Wayne Jones, acting borough manager, “but with an increased price. Theirs was a more aggressive bid.”

The added cost per household is $3.75 per quarter.

The borough had been with Waste Management, but officials decided to engage Republic for all of their trash needs, including recycling and leaf pickup.

“It was the standard contract arrangement,” said John McGoran, manager of municipal services at Republic. “The bidding document (through SHACOG) said what was required, and we met the requirements. It was 2½ percent lower than their (previous) provider.”

Instead of one-day service, Republic will be in the borough five days a week, making scheduled collections on specific streets.

Jones and McGoran consider this a positive point: If trash is missed at a home, haulers still will be in the neighborhoods the following day to collect it. In fact, when a snow-covered road prevented a scheduled collection, residents didn't need to wait an entire week for their trash to be removed.

Republic's 15-bag per household weekly limit is adequate enough to take care of residential needs.

“Everybody used to be unlimited,” said Wayne, citing the shift in most companies' service restrictions.

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or ddreeland@tribweb.com.

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