Jefferson Hills' new refuse hauler's first week interrupted by deep freeze
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Tiny ‘council’ endorses big changes in Whitehall
- Hearing set on Baldwin housing complex
- Jefferson Regional Foundation taking applications for grants
- Council approves work on Pleasant Hills shopping center
- Richter: Various databases can help library users with health education
- Baldwin officials take step to improve parks
- Officials remain at odds over Brentwood borough building
- Whitehall Council follows tradition; rotates leadership seats