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Pennsburg Council Seeking New Trash Contract
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Officials in Pennsburg are seeking a new Solid Waste and Recycling Collection and Disposal contract. On Tuesday, without discussion, council voted unanimously to approve bid specifications for a new contract. The borough's current agreement with Waste Management expires at the end of the year.

            The members seek a three-year agreement with two exclusive one-year options for municipal officials to extend the deal to five years. The contract will be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder for the initial three-year contract, according to a document provided by council President Diane Stevens following the public meeting, held on Zoom.

            The specifications will initially be submitted to Municibid, an online auction service for government agencies, schools, authorities and utilities, according to Stevens. All bids will be opened and read aloud in public at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, at the Municipal Building, located at 76 West Sixth Street. All proposals shall remain valid through Aug. 31, according to the disposal specifications and contract documents.

            Contractors will be required to continue providing same day curbside collection of solid waste and recyclable materials once each week for approximately 1,100 residential units. The winning company will also supply each account with a 96-gallon wheeled trash tote for solid waste and a 64-gallon wheeled tote for recyclables. Both solid waste collection and recyclable collection shall occur on the same designated day of the week between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., according to the language of the document.

            The successful bidder will be required to furnish, at no additional cost, a dumpster with at least an eight cubic yard capacity – as well as service containers for recycling materials – to the Pennsburg Municipal Building, the Pennsburg Fire Company, and the Community Thrift Shop. The next contractor shall also provide up to 25 cardboard event boxes per year for use at Pennsburg Borough Community Day, according to the notice to bidders.

            Though individual and/or multiple bulk pick-ups, dumpster or container service shall not be part of this contract, each bid will require the cost per bulk item – and the cost per electronic recyclable item – for each year of the contract. Borough residents may contract directly with the contractor to pay for and pick-up bulk items or electronic recyclable items, except for the specified borough facilities.

            According to the bid specifications, container services for construction and demolition materials will not be provided by the borough under this contract. It states that property owners would be free to shop these additional services directly with a hauler of their choice.





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