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Penn Hills agrees to waste removal deal with drastic rate jump

Dillon Carr
| Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, 10:51 a.m.
Penn Hills Municipal Complex
Penn Hills Municipal Complex

Penn Hills will keep the same company that provides its garbage and recycle pick-up service for another three years despite a significant rate hike.

The nearly $10.4 million deal with Scottdale-based Republic Services reflects a 43-percent increase from the municipality’s previous three-year contract with the same company, which ends Dec. 31.

Waste Management also placed a bid for the service at $14.8 million over a three-year term.

John McGoran, manager of municipal services with Republic, has said the rate hike is due to the rising cost of recycling.

The contract also will exclude many recyclables, meaning Republic will no longer pick up certain plastics, metals and glass. . According to Penn Hills’ original request to trash collectors, the following items will no longer be accepted. Those are:

• Bags or film (wrap) of any type

• Type 3-7 plastics

• Black PET trays or food trays of any type

• Flower pots, vinyl siding, records or VCR tapes

• Aluminum foil, lawnmower blades, dog chains, car motors and brake pads

• Styrofoam

• Hoses, tires and balls

• Glass

Penn Hills Council delayed voting on the contract in October so members could discuss the increase and how to pay for it. As of now, council does not have a specific plan for funding the hike.

In late October, after council delayed approving a contract with Republic, Manager Scott Andrejchak suggested in his draft budget that council either raise taxes or have residents pay a fee for the service to fill a $1.4 million gap he blamed, in part, on refuse rates.

Council will hold three public hearings on the municipality’s proposed budget in December. Hearings on Dec. 3 and 17 begin at 7 p.m. On Dec. 28, council will discuss the budget at 3 p.m. before voting to approve a final version. All hearings will be in council chambers at 102 Duff Road.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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