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Waynesboro's new trash contract includes 'single-stream' recycling

November 08, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A new trash contract approved this week in the Borough of Waynesboro will change how residents and businesses recycle materials.

The Waynesboro Borough Council unanimously approved a three-year contract with Waste Management on Wednesday. At $700,000 per year, officials said they will be saving $23,400 annually compared to what the municipality pays now.

Those savings will not be passed onto customers because administrative costs, such as employee health insurance and mailings, have gone up, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

“The rates (for customers) will be the same as they are paying now per quarter,” he said.

The quarterly fee for customers is $58.20, Hamberger said. The borough charges for those services on a bill with water and sewer service.

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Included in the new contract is one 64-gallon recycling bin for each unit to be distributed early next year.

The new recycling system will be “single stream,” meaning all recylables can be placed into the bin regardless of type, Hamberger said.

“More stuff should go into the recycling can than the trash can,” he said.

Tom Stang from Waste Management told the council the savings in the contract are tied to recycling. He said having more items recycled avoids landfill costs for his company.

Waste Management has more than 4,000 customers in the borough, Stang said.

Waste Management customers can also lease a 96-gallon bin from the company for $6 a quarter.

Pickup days and recycling, which occurs every other week, will remain on the same schedule, Hamberger said.

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