Under ACT 101, every township has to collect data on recycling and trash disposal. Here is a summary of the facts discussed at the meetings on Recycling held on September 14, 2016, October 20, 2016 and April 6, 2017.
|Good things about moving to a single-hauler||Bad things about moving to a single-hauler|
|In 2013, we had 13 haulers working in the township. Now we may have over 30, but no one really knows because many of the companies aren’t registered with the township||Subscribers lose the ability to choose their own trash hauler|
|A single-hauler would probably reduce the price per resident. In 2013, the average price per month was $30. A single hauler would have likely dropped that to $20.||More expensive for a few residents – those who pay per bag|
|A single hauler would make it easier to enforce codes, control noise and respond to truck spills|
|With a single hauler EVERYONE would be required to dispose of their trash properly which would discourage illegal dumping|
|Less truck traffic equals less damage to the roads. It costs 1 million dollars to repair 1 mile of road and the township admits is doesn’t have the money to do this|
|Recycling would be increased making the township eligible for $250,000 in grants every 2 years|
|Less air pollution|
For over a year, UNT Supervisors have pretended to have a real debate on this issue. In reality they’ve done nothing but mock state law and lie to residents.
Recycling Meeting September 14, 2016: https://uppernazarethmeetings.com/2016/10/21/township-contemplates-moving-to-a-single-trash-hauler/
Recycling Meeting October 20, 2016: https://uppernazarethmeetings.com/2016/10/21/township-contemplates-moving-to-a-single-trash-hauler/
April 6, 2017-Presentation by the Recycling Committee which unanimously voted to move to a single hauler. Supervisors refuse to take a vote to put out bids because Donna Hirst is absent: https://uppernazarethmeetings.com/2017/04/06/supervisors-punt-on-recycling-issuestand-their-ground-on-land-development/
April 21, 2017-Again, supervisors again neglect to vote for the township manger to get bids on moving to a single-hauler: https://uppernazarethmeetings.com/2017/04/21/supervisors-continue-to-stall-on-garbage-hauler-issue/
May 4, 2017-After being called out on their lack of action, Mike Rinker claims the board is waiting for more information from the Recycling Committee: https://uppernazarethmeetings.com/2017/05/04/supervisors-continue-to-stall-on-trash-issue/
June 8, 2017-Mike Rinker lied. The Supervisors never requested more information from the Recycling Committee. I checked by attending their last meeting. They said they’d had no requests for information from the Supervisors: https://uppernazarethmeetings.com/2017/06/08/supervisors-punt-on-multiple-issues/
June 22, 2017—The Supervisors PLEDGE TO HOLD A VOTE on the topic of moving to a single-hauler at the November 15th meeting: https://uppernazarethmeetings.com/2017/06/22/supervisors-have-no-interest-for-a-prison-in-upper-nazareth/
September 21, 2017-Donna Hirst tries to force an unannounced vote on the single-hauler issue despite the pledge to take the vote on November 15: https://uppernazarethmeetings.com/2017/09/23/supervisors-questioned-on-multiple-issues/
November 15, 2017: The Supervisors refused to take a vote on just putting out a bid to see what a single hauler would charge per resident. Editor’s Note: They probably don’t want to be on the record with their position when the township A) loses out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants or B) is stuck with an expensive bill for road repair.
Democracy dies in darkness. I’m happy to do my part to keep shining a light on township politics.