TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

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

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 9:00 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.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read South Hills

  1. Study explores potential changes to busy Route 51 corridor
  2. Grant to be used for Baldwin park improvements
  3. Officials take first step to transform vacant Brentwood properties
  4. Pleasant Hills family’s beach vacation takes tragic turn
  5. Baldwin Borough Council looks to clarify zoning rules
  6. Highlander Summer Camps allow kids to explore interests
  7. McRoberts Road in Whitehall closed, traffic detoured
  8. Shaler senior places 1st in Desktop Application Programming category of national conference