Carlisle residents will likely see an increase in fees and a reduction in the types of plastics that can be recycled when the borough signs a new contract for trash services this year.
Mark Malarich, the borough’s director of public works, told the council at last week’s workshop meeting that the contract with Advanced Disposal expires at the end of 2019, and that he expects the contract to come in “significantly higher” than the last time and could be in the “range of perhaps 30-40% greater.”
The increase is due, in part, to the rapidly changing nature of the recycling market. Previously, collecting recyclable material provided a revenue stream for the haulers, but in the current market, companies without their own recovery facilities have to pay a tipping fee to dispose of the materials, Malarich said.
In addition to bids on a pay as you throw system such as the one that has been in use in the borough for years, the borough will look at the prices for three other options for trash removal.
The first option would give the customer the choice of purchasing large bags similar to those currently available or buying a smaller bag.
A second option would be to go from pay as you throw to a system similar to that in neighboring municipalities that has a set fee per dwelling unit per month, but would also give residents the option of paying per bag if that suits them best.
The third option would set a flat fee per dwelling unit per month.
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In the third and fourth options, the resident would buy a trash container of their choice.
All four options are included in bid requests, and the council will discuss the options once the bids have been received.
Changes will also be coming to recycling. Service providers have indicated the collection of plastics, which currently includes numbers 1-7, will be limited to numbers 1, 2 and 5, Malarich said.
That means borough residents will be allowed to recycle aluminum and steel cans, paper, glass bottles and jars, cardboard and plastic containers and bottles numbered 1, 2 and 5.
The contractor would be expected to provide residents with a 35-gallon, lidded container for recyclables.
Residents will still be allowed pick-up of one bulk item per week under all of the bid options.