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Avalon Reintroduces Solid Waste, Recycling Ordinance

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By Vince Conti

AVALON – Avalon Council voted to reintroduce an ordinance, Aug. 9, dealing with its standardized trash and recycling receptacles and the administration of its collection program.

The ordinance comes a little over a year after the borough’s then-vendor for trash and recycling collection, Gold Medal Environmental, asked for more money from the municipalities it serviced for the pickup of trash and recycling materials just as the busy summer season was about to start.

Avalon rebid its trash collection contract and selected a new vendor, Pinelands Construction.

Along with that change, the borough moved to a unified trash and recyclable container program. New receptacles, bought and owned by the borough, were distributed to property owners with limits on the number of receptacles a given type of property received. Among the more difficult categorizations were multi-family condominium structures.

The ordinance contains a categorization of properties in the borough into one of five types of structures and allots containers and dumpsters according to the tier a property falls into. That has been an issue for some condominium owners.

The ordinance states that condominiums of five or more units are entitled to two 2-yard dumpsters, one for solid waste and one for recycling. If a condo complex’s needs exceed the capacity of the 2-yard dumpster, the condo owner must “contract with a private hauler for additional receptacles and the collection of material” from them.

This brought one condominium owner to the meeting to express concern that units in the condominium are losing service they used to receive in the past when they had four rather than two dumpsters.

A public hearing on the ordinance will be held prior to a vote on adoption at the Sept. 13 council meeting.

Contact the author, Vince Conti, at vconti@cmcherald.com.

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Vince Conti is a reporter for the Cape May County Herald.

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