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Switch to Single Trash Hauler Irks Upper Nazareth Residents

Taking out the trash and recycling -- and, more specifically, changes to the way it's all collected -- was debated during the Oct. 17 Upper Nazareth Board of Supervisors meeting.

Losing the right to choose their own trash hauler has some Upper Nazareth Township residents questioning the fairness of the switch.

“I’m giving up my control to you guys, and I don’t want to do it,” said Daniels Road resident Mike Edgar during the Oct. 17 Board of Supervisors meeting. "This is my responsibility, not yours. I don’t want to give it to you."

According to the 2010 census, Upper Nazareth's population grew to 6,231, up from 4,686 in 2000. Because , curbside recycling is now a requirement.

To streamline the operation, about 11 companies currently contracted by individual households in Upper Nazareth will bid on a contract. The company awarded the contract will collect -- for the entire township -- both recycling and trash.

That's the sticking point for Edgar, who wondered why the township couldn't just provide recycling services.

"This is a sign of the times," Supervisor James Augustine said, adding that switching to one hauler is the most efficient option. "We will be able to control [pick-up] times -- how many, what days, and quality of service. We will have more control with one hauler and residents will probably pay less."

Edgar and other residents in attendance, however, feel that forcing one hauler on the entire township would be unfair -- and would result in higher bills -- to those who don't put out as much garbage.

Cost is the biggest concern for residents, according to a recent survey on the hauler issue. The environment is the second major concern, Augustine noted.

Choice, according to Augustine, came in last.

When asked about plans to help seniors, Augustine said the township will look into a variety of options, like using performance grant money to help offset costs.

In a related issue, it was noted that Tuskes Community Park lacks recycling containers. The Board of Supervisors agreed to investigate and rectify the matter.

Sandi October 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM
I am so looking forward to one hauler. We have 4 days a week we are woken by trucks. Trash out all the time which brings animals to dump it and skunks to make it smell. Who wants to see trash every day. Plus from the rates I saw my bill will be lower.
Ben Miller October 22, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I have to agree with Sandi. Upper Nazareth is not a large area and for 11 companies to be driving their garbage trucks through the township is just excessive. The noise, the smell and the traffic is all unnecessary. As long as the township can broker a deal that is equal or less than the $30 I currently pay a month, I support it completely!
Juliann Garcia October 24, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I WANT TO KEEP MY HAULER, BEN U SAY 30 A MONTH I PAY 20. THERE AGAIN LITTLE BY LITTLE EVERYONES RIGHT TO CHOOSE, OUT THE DOOR
Ben Miller October 24, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Please don't type all in capital letters. It's hard on the reader's eyes and most people will skip over it without reading what you've written. Now, if there is a hauler that is offering to do it for $20, then they will use that hauler. This is a bid process and the lower bidder gets the contract.
Tony November 06, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Freedom to choose. Next we will only have one fuel company, One tree trimming co. Whats next.

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