Where would she put those leaves?
SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove hopes to find a bargain, or at least something less costly than an additional $18,000, to recycle township residents’ leaf and other yard waste during 2014.
The Board of Commissioners at its Thursday night (Sept. 26, 2013) meeting asked Manager Rodney Hawthorne to further explore options for a state-required monthly recycling service to get rid of leaves and other accepted compostable refuse usually associated with outside home clean-up.
The township currently offers yard waste pick-up six months of the year – April, May, June, October, November and December; on the first Monday of each month – under its contract with trash hauler J.P. Mascaro and Sons of Audubon PA. For remaining months, the township relied on Arborganic Acres, a firm in North Coventry PA, which said it would accept township residents’ dropped-off yard waste at no charge.
Arborganic’s offer allowed the board to save $18,000 on its trash contract last year. That’s how much Mascaro would charge for an additional six months’ coverage, Hawthorne said. But the free service will end Dec. 31 (2013), Arborganic reported earlier this year, and now the township must fill in its coverage gaps.
Because the intervening months – January, February, March, July, August and September – are usually slower for gardening and landscaping, commissioners hope Hawthorne can find a disposal vendor to handle yard waste on a fee-per-drop basis. Depending on the number of drops township residents make, the board believes it could shave a significant amount off the cost.
Besides, commissioners noted, they can expand the service with Mascaro if nothing better is found. They anticipate a follow-up report from Hawthorne in October.
Related to the Lower Pottsgrove 2014 budget:
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Sept. 26 meeting):