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Twice-A-Week Trash Pickup May Be Back In April

Under new plan, twice-weekly pickups would be six months on, six months off

Residents may see twice weekly trash pickups resume this April. Last March, the town council from year-round, to only June through September, and once-a-week pickups the other eight months of the year.

At last week’s meeting, the council tentatively approved budgeting that would allow for twice weekly pickup to begin in April and run through September. If that change is finalized at a future meeting, once-a-week pickups would be reduced from eight months of the year, to six.

According to township administrator Brian Campion, the 2012 proposed township budget suggests switching from Suburban Disposal, Inc. to a different waste removal company, which would save the township about $20,000. The mayor and administrator proposed using the savings to pay for the additional two months of more frequent pickup. The cost to the township for the increase would be negligible, Campion said. The overall cost for trash removal would go from about $775K last year to about $776K this year, he said.

Last year, the council said reducing the frequency of pickups saved the township $60,000 over what it spent on waste removal in 2010.

Councilman Harry Williams questioned the need for the change, citing that overall tonnage collected in Mahwah is down from previous years. “If we are collecting less garbage, it seems contradictory to increase the number of pickups.”

According to Mayor Bill Laforet, the additional pickups were proposed as a response to public demand. “It’s not about the volume of trash, it’s about the smell during the so-called ‘stinky months,’” he said. Campion added that the mayor’s office received complaints from residents last year that piling up trash was starting to smell, especially during warmer weather in April and May.

Though the council tentatively Ok’ed the increase in trash pickups, Campion said the new waste management contract will need to be formally approved by the council at a future meeting before the change takes place.

Laforet said the extra two months of twice-weekly pickups are “very important for the people of Mahwah.”

JP March 02, 2012 at 04:22 AM
What does that have to do with trash pickup? You in the right thread?
Charlie March 02, 2012 at 04:59 AM
JP, to tell you the truth, my taxes did go down, not by alot, but it did go down, it is better then going up. I personally have no problem with one trash pick up a week. If I get more trash then normal I use 2 cans not a big deal, Alot of towns only have 1 trash pick up a week.
JP March 02, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Well, to also tell you the truth, if it came down to no volunteer ambulance corp or two garbage pickups, I say keep the volunteer ambulance for sure. It's much more important.
hsr March 11, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I do the same as Charlie and also Hank has a good alternative. I really don't have a problem with once a week pickup cause I recycle almost all. Only in summer the problem with oder is it not good to have once a week pickup. Then again 60K isn't a lot.
Frianne April 01, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I hate the once a week pick up. I think that we should go back to 2 times a week. We really need to have our trash picked up 2 times a week. My trash over flows with only once a week pick up.

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