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E-waste, chemicals collection added to trash service in McCandless

Tony LaRussa
| Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, 4:48 p.m.

Some McCandless residents will pay a little more, others a bit less, for trash pickup starting next month.

But all residents will have a new feature added to their refuse service — collection of household hazardous waste and electronics with no need to pay an additional fee.

“In today's world, it's becoming more and more difficult to conveniently and safely dispose of these type of items,” said town manager Toby Cordek. “We feel this will be a tremendous addition to our trash collection service.”

During the past several years, the municipality played host to biannual events for residents to drop off so-called hard-to-recycle items such as chemicals and electronics. Cordek estimates that between 30,000 and 35,000 pounds of electronics have been dropped off during each of these events.

Instead of having to store such items and then haul them to the town hall twice a year, residents will be able to call a toll-free number or email Waste Management, which will send out instructions, a bag in which to place chemicals and a date on which the bag should be placed in front of the home.

Items that will be picked up include household chemicals and cleaners, garden chemicals, automotive products, paints, TVs, computers, monitors, car batteries and electronics with circuit boards. The electronics need not be placed in bags.

The pick-up service can be used as many times as residents need without additional cost.

The additional service is included in the five-year contract McCandless approved in April with Waste Management Inc. The agreement with the town's current trash hauler, Republic Services, expires Sept. 30.

Republic implemented an automated trash, recycling, and yard waste program that eliminated the need for workers to lift heavy bags from the curb to the back of their trucks.

Instead, trash cans are lifted and dumped into the truck using a mechanical arm controlled by the driver. Waste Management will use a similar system.

The new deal with Waste Management also does not change the procedures for basic trash, recycling and yard waste collection. And unless residents receive a letter from the company, trash collection days will remain the same.

Bulk items ranging from lamps and vacuum cleaners to furniture, mattresses and appliances as well as up to three, 32-gallon bags of trash will continue to be picked up on residents' regular trash collection day. Items that cannot go in the trash include construction materials, biological waste, ammunition, medications and tires.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or tlarussa@tribweb.com.

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