Hampden Township residents will get new trash and recycling receptacles this month in preparation for the township’s new contract with Waste Management.
The township said in an email Tuesday that it is switching its trash and recycling contract from Republic Services to Waste Management, which was the lowest bidder. The new contract will take effect on Jan. 2, 2020, with a rate of $84.21 per quarter locked for a minimum of three years.
From Dec. 5 to Dec. 20, new green receptacles for trash and recycling will be delivered to residents, though residents are asked to continue to use the blue Republic Services receptacles until the old ones are removed on the scheduled trash day. Residents can start using the new receptacles after the old ones have been removed, even as Republic Services continues to collect the trash and recycling through the end of the year.
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With the contract still allowing for unlimited weekly collection of trash, seasonal curbside collection of yard waste and scheduled bulk item collection, the biggest difference in the new contract is what recycling is acceptable.
The township said the state Department of Environmental Protection has a minimum requirement for collection of at least three recyclable materials out of a DEP-provided list. Previously, the township’s contract covered all recyclable items.
The township said, however, that not all of the recyclables were being recycled; some were going to the landfill due to lack of demand in the private sector. The township advertised bids for its current recycling program and for an alternative and reduced recycling list, which includes items that are of demand: cans (aluminum and steel), plastic (numbers 1, 2 and 5 only), newspaper (clean and dry), glass (clear and colored), cardboard (dry and flattened) and cartons (such as those for milk and juice).
The township said the bid for the reduced list came in much lower. In the new contract, residents will pay $84.21 per quarter instead of $100.86, which was the bid if the township kept collecting all recyclables.