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Palmer Picks Waste Hauler

Palmer Township votes to go to an automated waste hauling system with two toters, one for garbage and one for recycling.

The decision is in.

After months of meetings and discussion, Palmer Township has decided to go with a waste hauling system that will be automated and use two 96-gallon toters: one for trash and one for recycling.

The Palmer Township Board of Supervisors approved a motion giving a five-year contract with three potential one-year extensions to Waste Management.

"I think this is going to be good for the township, good for our residents and good for Planet Earth," Supervisor Robert Smith said. 

Supervisors Chairman Dave Colver, in presenting the motion, stated that the township held four hearings, took additional testimony from residents and bidders and then waited another month before making the decision.

"I'm in strong support of moving toward the toter system," Supervisor Bob Lammi said.

An automated garbage collection system uses a mechanic arm to dump trash, thus cutting down on manpower needed for hauling. Township officials believe the toters, with covers, will keep streets and neighborhoods cleaner.

"This is the way of the future," Supervisor K. Michael Mitchell said. "Now we should get no more complaints from residents."

As part of the contract, the township will schedule four quarterly pickups of large items, like couches. Those who can't wait for those pickups can purchase a $25 bulk tag from the municipal building.

A representative from J.P. Mascaro & Sons, one of the three bidders and the township's current waste hauler, thanked the board.

"Obviously, we're disappointed," the representative said. "But it has been our pleasure to serve the township."

The township decided this year to split its garbage collection into thirds, setting up individual contracts for recycling, waste collection and hauling.

"This is a safe bet for us," Colver said. "We fully support it."

The new waste hauling contract begins May 2.

Concerned Resident September 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM
"This is a safe bet for us," Colver said. "We fully support it." Yeah, a safe bet you're going to make more money from the residents of this town. Why don't you tell everyone that when they have garbage that won't fit into the bins, like say an old sofa or broken lawn chairs, that they will have to pay for someone to come and haul it away?!? So, the cost of 2 bins per resident comes to what? Don't tell me that the Township will pick up the tab for them either; we'll be paying for them through our taxes. "This is the way of the future," Supervisor K. Michael Mitchell said. "Now we should get no more complaints from residents." Wow, just, wow. Time to move on Mitchell if this is your answer about concerned residents. We'll just all be quiet so that you can relax. "I think this is going to be good for the township, good for our residents and good for Planet Earth," Supervisor Robert Smith said. Yeah, tell that to the elderly folks who have this huge bin for one or two little grocery bags of garbage. That is not “good” Mr. Smith. So when one of them falls trying to lug this monstrous 96 gallon plastic bin (with a lid), how is that good? Somewhere over the rainbow…
Susan Kalnas September 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I agree that this is a more advanced procedure for waste management. Maybe you answered my question previously, but who pays for the special 96 gallon trash receptacles?
Susan Kalnas September 26, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I agree that this is a more advanced procedure for waste management. Maybe you answered my question previously, but who pays for the special 96 gallon trash receptacles?
Dave Colver Chairman, Palmer Supervisors September 28, 2012 at 02:21 PM
It is included in the cost of the contract to have both toters assembled and delivered to your home with instructions on placement at street and process to be followed. no additional cost, it is included in the new $280. rate.

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