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Smithsburg residents asked to talk trash

January 04, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Smithsburg residents have been asked to weigh in on the range of trash collection services the town's new garbage haulers should offer.

The town will distribute resident surveys in order to gauge how or if the town should include yard waste removal, bulk pickup and recycling with its current waste removal services, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers announced Tuesday at the Smithsburg Town Council meeting.

The council recently dropped Waste Management in favor of Peck's Refuse Disposal LLC, which offered lower rates.

Peck's charges a monthly fee of $13.87 per unit and only picks up regular household waste, according to the contract. Waste Management wanted to charge a monthly rate between $22 and $25, Myers said.

"I cannot tell you how many calls I get from people wanting to know why they weren't picking up yard waste," Myers said.

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Peck's currently offers recycling, yard and bulk waste services, but those services would come at an additional cost.

Yard waste removal would cost $6.02 per unit per month, while recycling would cost a minimum of $60,000 a year, according to documents provided by the town council. Councilman Jerome Martin estimated costs - not including the cost of recycling - could hit around $42,000 a year.

"That's just ridiculous," Martin said, later recommending the council try to negotiate a better price with the company.

Myers said it was unknown whether the town would be able to extend the services before the next budget year, which begins July 1.

"With all the increases we've already had, we might already be over budget this year," Myers said.

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