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Get Ready for Trash Collection Changes in Palmer

Palmer Township is switching its trash collection system starting on May 1.

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.

rayray March 31, 2013 at 05:37 PM
What do people do with the excess trash that wont fit in the can ?...
Lost in the 50's March 31, 2013 at 05:52 PM
nice----so we now have more trash to get rid of in most cases than they will pick up. Palmer likes to make changes that are not at all beneficial tothe taxpayers. It is a power thing !
Anita Kosinski March 31, 2013 at 07:23 PM
How often is pickup once a week or biweekly? Where are we supposed to put the cans when our street is packed with cars from on corner to the next? Is this going to be like the mail where they don't stop if the spot is blocked? I can look forward to having this garbage at my house from year to year... I can pay but can't get pickup.
Joe Cavanaugh Jr April 01, 2013 at 04:03 AM
What about excess garbage are you supposed to store it until the next pickup? Can you buy another container if so how much?
Armed Citizen April 03, 2013 at 11:39 PM
I say we throw our excess garbage on the front lawns of the idiot township officials that approved this stupid program.
Armed Citizen April 03, 2013 at 11:50 PM
"Colver also told residents that trash costs will fall from $309 to $280 a year".- Mr. Colver should be embarrassed that $29 was all they were able to save. The costs have actually gone up for residents. If we want to throw away a large item, we need to buy a tag. ""We believe our service will get better," he said". -This should be a line out of the TV show Parks and Recreation.
gobacktonj April 05, 2013 at 03:26 PM
So is the township going to drop off the bins or do we have to go pick them up??
rayray April 06, 2013 at 11:54 AM
For 29 bucks extra per yr...we have full service ..were going a step backwords...limiting the amount you can put at the curb...this is progress the twsp says ...lmao
JoeK May 04, 2013 at 04:32 PM
JoeK, rayray,I totally agree with you. Yard waste, and bulk collection are now limited and much more difficult to conform to. Definetly not worth $29.
James Holmes May 22, 2013 at 06:42 PM
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