Poll: Should Mahwah Increase Trash or Recycling Pick Up?
The township is considering upping recycling pick-up to once-a-week
Mahwah is in the middle of the 2013 budget season, which means the mayor and town council are in the middle of deciding which services the township will offer residents this year, and which it will not.
Part of the mayor’s 2013 budget proposal is privatizing the township’s recycling department. According to Mayor Bill Laforet’s proposal, hiring a private company to pick up the township’s recycling would allow for pick-up to increase from every other week to once-a-week, and save the township money.
While an in-depth discussion of the proposal has yet to happen in front of the township council, Councilman Roy Larsen suggested at a meeting last week that a better alternative might be to return garbage pick-up to twice-a-week year round.
In 2011, the township reduced trash pick-up to once-a-week during eight months of the year as a cost-saving measure. Last year, it reinstated twice-weekly garbage pick-up from April through September, leaving once-a-week pick-up during six months of the year.
Though a few council members remarked that the garbage pick-up schedule is unrelated to the recycling proposal, Larsen’s suggestion got Patch thinking – what would you rather see? Which piles up more quickly for you, trash or recycling? Would you like to see either one picked up more often? Neither one? Vote in the poll and then tell us in the comments below.