Editor's Note (added Feb. 1, 2019)
South Middleton Township residents may opt for one of two services under the new contract with Advanced Disposal.
The first option is a flat-rate system that includes a rolling cart for trash and a rolling cart for recycling. This service is $52.08 per quarter, which equals $208.32 per year.
The second service available is bag service in which the resident receives a smaller rolling cart for recycling and is required to purchase 12 bags for trash at $11.87 each. Bag service adds up to a $142.44 annual cost.
After several weeks of deliberation, the South Middleton Township Supervisors unanimously accepted a bid from Advance Disposal on Thursday night for a new three-year contract to provide trash removal and recycling services for township customers.
South Middleton is at the end of a four-year contract with Advance Disposal services for which township customers were charged $46.14 per quarter or $4 per bag for trash removal services .
Under the new contract, South Middleton customers will pay $52.08 per quarter and $11.87 a bag. Prices go into effect after the township’s current contract ends on March 2. Advance Disposal was the lower of two bids the township received in December.
A proposal submitted by Waste Management would have cost township customers $89.64 per quarter and $10 per bag. Officials also considered extending the township’s current contract with Advance Disposal by one year.
Before accepting Advance Disposal’s bid on Thursday, supervisors twice tabled making a decision. It was first tabled on Dec. 14 when officials said bids opened on Dec. 10 were “considerably higher” than what residents currently paid for service.
The matter was tabled again on Jan. 8 because officials said they considered that meeting’s purpose as mostly reorganizational. Also, board president Bryan Gembusia was absent.
Township officials decided to seek bids for a new trash hauler after the township received complaints last summer from residents about delayed garbage pickup from Advanced Disposal and phone calls announcing next-day pickups that reportedly were missed.
“Ever since (Advance Disposal) changed their route supervisor, there’s been a marked difference in their service here. The complaints have gone down to virtually nothing. They’ve shown improvement over the past couple of months,” township manager Cory Adams said Thursday.
Adams recommended that supervisors initiate a new contract with Advance Disposal rather than extending the current agreement because the new document will involve “much more stringent penalties” for Advance Disposal for service violations, such as missed pickups.
Retiring South Middleton Township supervisor Tom Faley received a citation on Thursday from state Sen. Mike Regan, R-Cumberland County.
Faley, a Republican, recently announced that he would not seek re-election in the 2019 election, saying he would be 80 years old at the start of another six-year term. He is serving his 24th year as a supervisor, he said on Thursday. His current term expires at the end of the year.