Washington Township OK's budget, plans changes to e-cycling

December 20, 2011

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors unanimously passed their 2012 budget on Monday without a tax increase.

The supervisors plan to spend about $5.1 million from their general/operational fund.

“This is basically a maintenance budget with no major projects planned,” Township Manager Mike Christopher said, noting that Calimer Drive sewer work is being funded by a grant.

Supervisor Carroll Sturm, who is leaving the board after not seeking re-election, encouraged the supervisors to look at the police department budget. He said he believes there could be reductions in costs and duties for police.

“I think the whole thing should get a thorough review,” Sturm said.

E-cycling changes planned

Electronics recycling at the Washington Township Transfer Station and Recycling Center will change in 2012.

The township supervisors are contracting with eLoop of Pittsburgh to dispose of electronics according to state standards. Things like televisions, computers and household appliances will be divided and shipped.

Township Manager Mike Christopher said eLoop pays the township for the items, then essentially sells its recycling credits to manufacturers who are required to recycle.

“They destroy all the hard drives when they get them,” he said.

— Jennifer Fitch

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