Let the countdown begin.
Palmer Township is within a month of switching to its new trash collection system, one that features more automation and will bring some savings to residents in terms of fees.
At its Board of Supervisors meeting last week, officials addressed the issue and also made some motions and announcements to make the transition a smoother one.
First came approval of a motion to amend the solid waste and recycling ordinance.
Supervisors Chairman Dave Colver said the township needed to work with solicitor Charles Bruno to ensure that the new contracts with Waste Management and Greenstar comply with state Department of Environmental Protection regulations.
Township Manager Christopher Christman said he received a report from recycling coordinator Cindy Oatis about drafting changes to the ordinance.
"I welcome the opportunity to work with Cindy again," Bruno said.
Christman also said he was asked by Waste Management Inc. if it could utilize a lot at the Charles Chrin Community Center to set up, assemble and distrubute the trash cans during the transition period.
Colver told residents at the meeting that they'd be getting two 96-gallon totes: one for recycling, the other for regular trash.
He said that Waste Management has to put wheels on 8,000 trash cans and 8,000 recycling totes. The totes will be the same color, except the lids, which will distinguish between recycling and trash.
Colver also told residents that trash costs will fall from $309 to $280 a year.
"We believe our service will get better," he said.