Please note that the December 27, 2018 Lower Alsace Township Supervisor’s meeting will be held at the Antietam High School located at 100 Antietam Road, Reading Pa 19606 at 6:30 PM.
All township residents are welcome to attend for the entire meeting but we do understand that many wish to attend to learn more regarding the municipal waste and recycling bids. The following information is a summary of what the board will be deciding regarding that topic.
The Lower Alsace Township Board of Supervisors has received annual bid price of $227.00 per residential unit for weekly removal of up to six 35-gallon containers of trash, every other week removal of recycling, and monthly removal of bulk items. This service will only be available to residential properties with four or fewer units under a municipal hauling service. Properties with five or more residential units and all commercial properties will still be required to hire their own hauler but they must also recycle.
Beginning municipal, contracted hauling in Lower Alsace Township will also allow the township to be eligible for several new grant programs, including a recycling grant of over a quarter of a million dollars. This grant, if received, will allow the township to purchase additional equipment and enhance brush and leaf collection services for residents. With this program the township also expects to see a reduction of the number of large trucks causing added wear and tear on the neighborhood streets, noise and air pollution.
Another advantage to municipal contracting is that the successful bidder will be required to follow the rules of the community that are established in the bid contract including restrictions of hauling on holidays, no collection on Sundays and all collections shall be made between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The price received from the public bid is a substantial reduction in costs for the great majority of the residents of the township. For that reason, along with the added benefit of recycling and bulk items removal, which is not offered by all of the private haulers currently operating in the township, we believe it is in the interests of the residents of Lower Alsace Township for us to take the necessary steps to consider this price reduction and begin municipal hauling in April of 2019.
The Township Supervisors are seeking input from the Lower Alsace Township residents regarding opportunities for improvement to the recycling and waste collection services available in this community. If you wish to provide input to the Board regarding this program, please feel free to submit your letter to: Board of Supervisors, Lower Alsace Township, 1200 Carsonia Avenue, Reading PA 19606; or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure the letter contains the address of your Lower Alsace Township property and send it to or drop off at the Township office no later than November 1, 2018.
Currently the township residents contract with multiple private trash haulers, some who provide curbside recycling and some who do not. The Township’s voluntary drop off recycling program currently collects approximately 130 tons of material per year in addition to the 200 tons of recyclables that is collected from the private haulers who provide curbside recycling, representing approximately 10% of our waste stream. It is anticipated that mandating recycling in the township will greatly increase these numbers and reduce recyclable materials from being placed in area landfills.
Mandating recycling in the community, is not only the right thing to do, it will enable the township to apply for the grant funds to help offset the cost of implementing a new residential yard waste collection service that will include brush and leaf collection. An additional benefit to the program would be a reduction in the number of large trucks which are creating a negative impact of wear and tear on the township’s streets, private alleys and sometimes the curbs and sidewalks of the property owners. Reducing the number of trucks to provide your waste and recycling services would help to preserve the transportation infrastructure of your community.
During 2018, the Township applied for and is currently awaiting the award of that recycling grant in the amount of $283,249. With the receipt of these funds the Township will be able to purchase additional equipment and further enhance the brush and leaf collection services for residents. These needed funds require the township to commit to enhancing the leaf and brush collection service and to mandate recycling for the Township.
The following options presented below (in no particular order of preference) are several options that the Supervisors will be considering in the very near future. As part of that decision process, the board hopes to receive feedback from the Township residents regarding these options.
- All property owners will be required to contract with a private waste hauler and a private recycling hauler. The fee you pay now with your hauler may increase with the additional requirement of mandated curbside recycling.
- All residential property owners will be required to contract with a private waste hauler and participate in a curbside recycling program contracted by Lower Alsace Township, of which you will be invoiced for those services. The fee you pay now with your hauler may increase if you don’t currently pay for recycling. If you do, your recycling fee may be less if a publicly bid contract for one or more haulers is awarded by the Township.
- All residential property owners will be required to participate with a curbside trash and recycling program contracted by Lower Alsace Township, of which you will be invoiced for those services. In this instance your trash / recycling services may be less if a publicly bid contract for one or more haulers is awarded by the Township.