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New Trash Pickup Service Saving Borough 32K Yearly

Commissioners met Tuesday and adopted a resolution for a new trash pickup service.

Tuesday, commissioners voted to adopt a resolution enlisting a new trash pickup service, which will reportedly save the borough $32,000 annually.

According to Commissioner Mike Hall, the borough recently went out to bid for trash pickup services, and after receiving multiple bids, ultimately awarded the contract to South Jersey Sanitation.

"We (went) out to bid for our trash pickup, and received bids last week," said Hall of the process. "South Jersey Sanitation was the successful bidder."

The meeting, which was held in Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., was led by Hall.

Hall and Commissioner Joan Leonard voted in favor of the resolution. Mayor James Maley was absent from the meeting.

This past October, commissioners finalized a plan to join an 8-town trash disposal collective—along with Merchantville, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Haddon Township, Gibbsboro, Somerdale and Winslow.

In a fashion similar to Tuesday's resolution, the multi-town disposal partnership will yield financial benefits for Collingswood, reportedly saving the borough $10,000 per month, and $90,000 annually.

Read Patch's full story about the 8-town trash disposal program .

While the multi-town disposal back in October—months before Collingswood secured its new trash pickup service Tuesday morning—the mayor touched on why the borough couldn't explore collections yet.

“There are two different parts—(trash) collection and . We’re still under contract with our current collection service, South Jersey Waste, so we can’t explore collection options with other towns,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley in October. “But I believe we’re in the last year of our collections contract, and when we get out of it, we’d certainly be interested in exploring both parts of the plan.”

And with Tuesday's resolution finalizing both facets of that plan, the borough is set to save approximately $122,000 per year using new trash disposal and collection services combined.

The new South Jersey Sanitation contract was the last piece of a puzzle that will help loosen budgetary constraints in 2012—and according to Commissioner Hall, it was worth squeezing in before the last days of 2011 came to a close.

"This (new trash pickup contract) will save us about $32,000 in next year's trash collection," said Hall Tuesday morning. "Which is a very good thing for our town and our budget."

john q public December 28, 2011 at 01:32 PM
I am a product of the Collingswood Public Skools - so could someone please explain how we could save $10K a month, equaling only $90K a year ( 10K x 12Months = $120k) ? Then the article says we will save $122K a year. Then ends the article saying we will save only $32K a year. WTF?!?!
libsrsic December 28, 2011 at 01:38 PM
It's the new math--"fuzzy" math. LOL!
Ros December 28, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Not sure how they go from saving about $10k a month to $90k annually (yeah, that math doesn't add up and needs clarification) but the article states that there are two parts to the contracts, collection and disposal. The contract they voted on Tuesday is said to save $32k yearly, add that to the $90 and you have the referenced $122k... So...how does $10k monthly add up to $90k annually?
Robb C. Sewell-Wolff December 28, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Ros, Rhonda, and John Q all raise very good points and I hope Deena addresses this. If it's not already happening, then Patch needs to ensure its articles are edited BEFORE going live. Time and time again, issues like this are popping up. It doesn't do much for Patch's credibility to rush to publication with typos, inconsistencies, and mistakes.
john q public December 28, 2011 at 02:35 PM
I just realized my mistake - This is "Mayor Maley Math" - the same system that he used to get the Blunderyard done - oh, wait, it sits abandoned.........hmmmmmmm
Deena DiBacco December 28, 2011 at 04:13 PM
John—trash disposal will reportedly save an approximate 10K per month, but 90K per year would be a more likely approximation. The 32K per year is for trash pickup. When you combine savings from disposal (90K + 32K) and pickup services, the result is 122K
john P December 28, 2011 at 07:25 PM
It doesn't appear that there is any change to the contract with the hauler. The whole savings is due to the fact that the eight town "collective" received bids for a lowering of the disposal fee at the Camden facility. The new fee is lower than last year's. The whole saving in on disposal and when contract with hauler is up in one year the borough will seek new bids on collection. John

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