New Garbage Contract Will Bring Changes to Municipality

By Carpenter, Deana | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), September 14, 2018 | Go to article overview

New Garbage Contract Will Bring Changes to Municipality


Carpenter, Deana, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Bethel Park Council on Monday unanimously approved a five-year $11.6 million garbage and recycling contract with Waste Management that will bring a lot of changes for residents when the contract takes effect in January.

Municipal Manager Shawn Arbaugh said there are "some major changes" with the new contract.

Bethel Park will go from Republic Services to Waste Management as its hauler, and will go from manual garbage collection to automated collection for its weekly garbage pickup. Recycling will still be collected bi-weekly.

"We are going to supply new cans," said Council President Tim Moury.

The municipality is planning to purchase the cans -often referred to as carts -for its residents at a cost of $725,000.

Mr. Moury said if residents anticipate they will have more garbage than will fit into one can, the residents will be able to purchase an additional can. Residents will still be able to put out oversized items for pickup along the curb.

Residents will receive new refuse and recycling bins designed for the automated collection.

The new bins, which will be delivered to residents, are lifted into the truck mechanically instead of a crew having to manually empty bins into the trucks.

"Recycling is drastically changing in January for Bethel Park," Mr. Arbaugh said.

"This is a large part of our budget," said Councilman Jim Hannan, who reminded residents that the cost of garbage and recycling pickup is included in their taxes. …

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