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Trash Collection Cost Continues to Rise

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By Vince Conti

COURT HOUSE – Middle Township’s five-year contract with Gold Medal Environmental, for solid waste recyclable and refuse collection, ends this month (December 2019). As is becoming all too common in municipalities across the nation, the cost to re-establish the service has skyrocketed.
Presented with a potential 47% increase, Middle Township opted to extend the current contract with Gold Medal for three months while officials go back out to bid. Mayor Timothy Donohue hopes that using tier options for bidders will result in segments being bid, potentially by different vendors, in ways that will reduce the overall cost increase.
Donohue said some municipalities in the county are taking the solid waste and recycling tasks in-house, “buying trash trucks and hiring staff.” Donohue added, “We do not want to go in that direction.”
The three-month extension comes at $122,500 a month, and establishes a final expiration date of March 31, 2020.

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