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Waynesboro opens trash service to bids

October 05, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waste Management is backing out of its contract to collect trash in the borough, the Waynesboro Borough Council learned Wednesday night.

The move by Waste Management has forced the borough to open bidding on a new trash collection contract to start in January 2007.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said the company pulled out of the contract for financial reasons, claiming it needs more money to offset rising gas and insurance prices.

Hamberger estimated the current contract between the borough and Waste Management to be $500,000 per year.

Waste Management will fulfill its contract and continue to collect trash through the end of the year, but Hamberger said borough residents might feel the impact of this move by Waste Management in their wallets.

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"It is likely that the trash rate is going to go up," Hamberger said.

Residents of the borough currently pay an average of $175 per year for trash service.

Hamberger said he is finishing the specifics for the 2007 contract and expects to have bids coming in by next week.

Hamberger was skeptical of the move by Waste Management saying that "more than likely they will (submit a) bid for more money."

The council will make its decision on the new contract during its mid-November meeting.

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