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Washington Township to buy two pieces of recycling equipment

August 19, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors are purchasing two pieces of equipment to streamline operations at the municipal recycling center.

Township Manager Mike Christopher said Monday the township will purchase a new baler and infeed belt system to improve the safety and efficiency of operations at the recycling center.

The township spent $27,000 on repairs to the existing baler last year and recycling was down, Christopher said previously.

A baler compresses and bales certain recyclable items for transport.

BE Equipment of Philadelphia, Pa., will install the new baler at a cost of $103,920, Christopher said.

“The baler is still operational, but it’s old and over time the metal starts to stress because of the pressure inside of it,” Christopher said. 

The baler is about 18 years old, he said.

The infeed belt will be installed by Advanced Equipment Sales of Souderton, Pa., for $58,745.

Christopher said the installation of both pieces of equipment could take six weeks to complete.

The township will use funds from a $205,754 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recycling development and implementation grant.

The Washington Township Recycling Center recycled 3,118 tons of material, including yard waste, in 2012.

In other action, the speed limit on a two-mile stretch of Old Forge Road will be reduced from 40 mph to 35 mph.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation completed a traffic study of Old Forge and Mentzer Gap roads and determined the speed should be reduced, Christopher said.

New speed limit signs should be displayed by the end of this week, he said.

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