The Richland Board of Supervisors talked trash Wednesday night and residents of the township saved money because of it.
The supervisors voted 5-0 to award a $3.3 million contract to low bidder Vogel Disposal to collect trash and recycling from about 4,000 township customers.
Recycling services will be expanded in that all plastics—No. 1-7—will be picked up. Currently, Vogel collects only plastics with the numbers 1 and 2.
Under the new contract, effective Jan. 1, Richland Township residents will pay less for each of the next four years. Currently, Vogel charges $18.96 a month for basic collection. Here are the new prices:
A clause in the contract allows for adjustments for fuel prices.
The township has the option to extend the contract for two more years with a price of $18.30/month in 2017 and $18.76/month in 2018.
For residents who choose backyard service, the price will drop from the current $36.62 monthly fee to $31.83.
Drive-in service will cost $41.83 a month, down from $45.62.
The price for senior-citizen stickers will rise from $4.25 to $4.50. The stickers are used by customers who only need to place trash at the curb occasionally, allowing them to pay a per-bag fee.
Here is a list of items that will be picked up at the curb:
Solid waste—Any garbage, refuse, food waste and/or material.
Bulky waste—Furniture, trunks, stove, washers, dryers, water heaters and other household appliances.
Recyclables—Office and mixed paper; cardboard and flatboard; newspapers including colored inserts; manila and brown folders; glossy paper; magazines; empty aerosol cans; bi-metal, tin and aluminum cans; clear, green and brown glass bottles and jars; and No. 1-7 plastics.
Items that will NOT be picked up in regular weekly collections include:
Hazardous waste, medicine, medical waste, syringes, fluorescent bulbs, explosives, asbestos, toner cartridges, glass panes, Pyrex, food containers and Styrofoam products.
Paving materials, stones, rocks, sand, dirt, broken concrete, automobile parts, lead-acid batteries, sod, paints and stains, flammable liquids, motor oil, metal 55-gallon drums and more.
Refuse caused by repairs, alterations, remodeling demolition and/or construction of buildings and other structures.
Bushes, shrubs or other vegetation with earth or soil attached to the root system.
Tree trunks, parts of tree trunks or tree trunks that have been cut into smaller pieces.
E-waste, including televisions, computer monitors, computers, laptops, keyboards, mouse, remote controls, calculators, DVD and VCR players, printers, copiers, house phones, CD players, stereos electronic cables/wires.