Murrysville, Export, Delmont prepare as trash collection contracts expire in September
April 14 – After signing a garbage and recycling deal, structured to end at the same time as neighbors Murrysville and Export, to negotiate a new deal together, Delmont officials appear poised to enter into that deal on their own .
Murrysville City Council voted last week to promote a new five-year trash and recycling contract that includes export.
However, Delmont City Councilor Dennis Urban said he would like the community to amend its ordinance to allow more than one carrier.
Councilor David Weber disagreed, fearing that a return to the district’s transportation situation before 2017 would result in residents paying more and not having access to recycling.
These are the reasons district officials cited when they decided to pursue the current contract with Republic Services.
“If they’re passionate about recycling, they can pay for it,” said Urban. “And someone like me who isn’t interested shouldn’t have to pay for it. This is America, after all. We should be able to choose.”
Delmont has approximately 2,700 residents, so it doesn’t reach the 5,000 population threshold that state Law 101 requires recycling.
The district also lost its self-developed recycling program in 2016 when the ward council asked the local Lions club to relocate the service to avoid possible government pollution on its property.
“I think there are a lot of people in the community who still want to recycle,” Weber said.
“That may be true, but there are also a lot of people who don’t,” countered Urban.
Weber suggested holding a town hall-style meeting to assess residents’ thoughts about garbage transportation and the future of the district’s contract.
The Republic’s contracts with Delmont, Murrysville and Export do not expire until the end of September.
When the council signed the deal in 2017, attorney Dan Hewitt said working with Murrysville and Export would give all three municipalities more leverage in negotiating the contract.
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Murrysville and Export
In Murrysville, Chief Administrator Jim Morrison said the advertised offer suggests adding automated garbage disposal in addition to automated recycling.
“From a freight forwarder’s perspective, this reduces the freight forwarder’s claims for damages and the time it takes workers to get out of the vehicle,” said Morrison.
The new contract would not exclusively use automated pulling, he added; The residents could put additional bags on the curb.
“But we’d also go to a standard resident trash can,” said Morrison.
These costs are usually either paid in advance or spread over several quarterly bills.
For exports, the contract stipulates that the republic may only serve the municipality with single-axle trucks, with the exception of three larger roads.
District officials have complained about larger trucks damaging curbs and have had their own problems with the republic over the course of the ongoing contract.
Patrick Varine is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected], or on Twitter.