Managing Editor
During a brief meeting of the Palmyra Township (Pike) Supervisors Tuesday Sept. 18, they set plans to continue recycling after the County discontinues the program on October 1st. Recycling at the Palmyra Township grounds off Gumbletown Road will be restricted to only Palmyra-Pike residents. This is unlike under the county program where anyone from Pike could take part. Some proof of residency needs to be shown at first, such as a tax bill, until staff on site are accustomed to the persons dropping off materials. Materials to be recycle will be able to be dropped off Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The site will be closed Sundays and holidays. In addition, regular household trash may be brought in on Saturday only, from 8 a.m.. to 12 noon. Administrator Jo-Ann Rose reported that the gate was put up Wednesday morning. This was discussed at the last meeting, to deter people from dumping material for recycling or trash after-hours. Surveillance cameras will also be installed. At the meeting, the Supervisors reviewed two quotes for recycling. Rose stated in a phone interview after the meeting, that the Supervisors will see whether Waste Management can offer a one year contract and include with the recycling quote, the household trash pickup. Waste Management had a slightly higher quote than the other hauler, County Waste. The Township currently has a contract with Waste Management for the household trash through December 2013. The County contract for recycling pickup is also with the same company, which expires the end of September 2012. For more information, contact the Palmyra Township Offce at 226-2230.
County recycling update
At the Sept. 19th Pike County Commissioners’ meeting, a motion was passed to advertise county-owned equipment used for the recycling program. Bids will be sought to purchase 12 recycling containers, a 2005 Ford F750 dump truck and a 1999 International recycling truck. The county got a lot of use out of the equipment since beginning the program in 2000.  The dump truck has 250,000 miles and the recycling truck, 350,000 miles (both distances being further than the Moon, by the way). Commissioner Chairman Rick Caridi used the high mileage as an example leading to the tough decision of getting out of the recycling business. He said that state grants have dried up, which might have helped pay for replacing the vehicles. A question was raised in the audience of what basis did the County use to end the recycling program, given that the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has stiff regulations about stopping? Caridi noted that Christine Osterberg, who oversees the County recycling program, did contact the municipalities and gained their approval first. In addition, the state DEP did not consider dropping the program a “substantive change,” Solicitor Tom Farley said. This is because the residents of Pike County have the option of going to private trash haulers to pick up their recycling, many who offer the service at no charge. DEP recognizes that many counties have discontinued recycling programs because the state no longer helps with funding, Farley noted. Caridi stated that the Commissioners are negotiating with DEP, how to deal with receipt of the trash hauler “tipping fee” if the County no longer provides the service. They are asking, could they accept a portion of the fee as an incentive to the haulers? Caridi said they fear that if the private haulers did not get paid the fee, it could be a “windfall” for the landfills.