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Trash Removal an Expensive Proposition in East Greenville
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Trash pickup could become an extremely expensive proposition in East Greenville. On Monday, borough council opened the only bid it received for the service, which would more than double the cost for residents. The members took no action and discussed options by which they could drive down costs.

            Recycling appears to be a pivotal issue. The proposal submitted by a Norristown-based hauler would increase the recycling cost for borough residents next year by nearly 600 percent. It also calls for an increase in the trash removal fee of more than $91, an increase of nearly 60 percent.

            Council expects to rebid the contract. According to council President Angie Fegely, the issue will likely monopolize the member's workshop meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 16.

            Solicitor Michael Peters unsealed the bid from J.P. Mascaro, the only one received by the municipality, during the meeting and read the proposed costs out loud. In 2022, residents would be charged $251.40 for trash pickup, $167.52 in recycling fees and $35 to purchase a bulk sticker. They currently pay $159.88 for trash, $28.56 for recycling and $10 for bulk stickers.

            Municipal officials are seeking an agreement that spans nine years to replace the borough's current agreement with Whitetail Disposal, Inc., of New Hanover, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Five of the years are guaranteed and two, two-year options were included in the bid, according to Peters.

            The bid document released earlier this year by the borough includes two 96-gallon toters for trash and recycling. Trash bags will not be included in the agreement.

            The solicitor identified the projected costs for the immediate years and 2030, the final year of the proposal. He identified smaller increases in 2023 (trash $259.08, recycling $172.80, bulk sticker $36.25) and 2024 (trash $267.84, recycling $178.56, bulk sticker $37.50). Peters told the members that costs for trash and recycle collection would reach $358.44 and $239.16, respectively, in 2030.

            Municipal officials were expecting more than one bid, according to the solicitor. He said a second bidder expressed interest, but was not able to submit the paperwork on time.

            According to Peters, any rebidding should include revised specifications. He said one of those adjustments could include shortening the proposed length.  Manager Jim Fry said council could discuss the possibility of quarterly billing of its residents for trash and recycling.

            The borough's recycling requirements likely could change. Peters suggested including it as an option. Fry described East Greenville as "not a mandatory recycling community."

            Member Alison Palmer suggested looking into the cost of purchasing or renting covered dumpsters to create a central collection location for residents. Joe Rock pushed back against that option.

            "It would be a disaster," he said.







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