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Township looks to bulk up on its trash muscle

December 14, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township hopes to move more trash in the coming year.

At a workshop meeting Wednesday evening, township supervisors said they are working to bolster operations at its transfer station by raising the cap on tons per day from 50 to 100, and purchasing a new Mack tractor.

Washington Township Manager Mike Christopher said the township has needed to replace one of its tractors for some time.

"We're using a 1985 Mack tractor," Christopher said. "It's time for a new one."

On Wednesday, Christopher presented the board with an opportunity to bid for a 2003 Mack tractor from a dealer in New Jersey. The quoted price, he said, is $43,000.

Supervisor Stewart McCleaf said he will try to see the tractor some time this week to determine if it is a feasible option. If purchased, he said the tractor will be fitted with a "state of the art" hydraulic system to make the floor of the trailer "walk."

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In an effort to increase the amount of trash moved by the transfer station, Christopher said the township recently purchased a new walking-floor trailer for about $60,000. The trailer, he said, can move up to 40 tons at a time.

In total, the township owns two walking-floor trailers, one push trailer and three tractors.

Board chairman Carroll Sturm said the township is still waiting for approval on its request to increase the amount of trash it moves daily. Christopher explained that the township made the request because of "spikes" in the amount of trash dumped at the station.

According to Christopher, the preliminary budget for 2007 includes money to purchase a new tractor.

The transfer station is on Pa. 16 east of Rouzerville, Pa.

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