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The primary reason the Township Committee opted to go township-wide for garbage collection is because it results in a cost savings for the vast majority of Township residential property owners over the next five years. Additionally, all residents will be receiving enhanced services, including two bulk pick-ups per month at no additional cost and single stream recycling pick-ups every two weeks.
The prior solid waste system had about two-thirds of Township residents in the garbage district, while the remaining third was forced to use private haulers. Seeing trends in both the recycling and solid waste collection industry, the Township was concerned that maintaining the current system would result in higher costs for everyone in the Township.
The Township’s five-year garbage contract expired on June 30, 2017. The Township retained a waste management consultant to prepare bids and help analyze potential cost savings. The results of the bidding process were not known until August 22nd when bids were received. Based upon the bids received, if no change had been made to the current garbage and recycling collection system everyone’s property taxes would have increased 5 to 10 percent over the next five years. By offering a township-wide garbage contract we gained the benefit of economies of scale that would offset the anticipated increases. In fact, it has resulted in cost decreases overall.
The Township followed the public bidding process in accordance with State law. The public was asked for comment on the resolution at the September 18th Township Committee meeting prior to the vote. This decision was not up for public discussion ahead of time due to the complex public bidding process. The public discussion of the details prior to receiving the bids would have resulted in higher bid prices which would not have been cost effective for our residents.
The carts have all been delivered. Two carts per household (one for garbage, one for recyclables) were delivered to each residence in the Township. Solterra Recycling Solutions, a Central Jersey Waste Company, will start collections as of January 1, 2018.
Each cart is 95 gallons. You will receive one for recycling and one for garbage. They will be picked up by a mechanic arm by the vendor's truck.
You can keep your current vendor, but you would still be paying for the township-wide garbage collection system through your Municipal taxes, just as residents have always done for recycling collection.
If you are currently in the district, it is possible that your collection days will change. Please check the website for your zone.
You will also be receiving two new carts to be used beginning January 1, 2018. Other than that, there should be no change with regards to collection.
We recommend that you contact your private hauler now and notify them that you will be using a new vendor as of January 1, 2018. Your final pick up from them will be the last week of December.
The DPW website (www.middletownnj.org/recycle) contains a color map showing the North and South Zones. Collection information is also included on the website.
Garbage collection will occur twice per week.
Recycling collection will occur every other week.
Bulk collection will occur twice per month.
These short-range signal chips will allow us to ensure that the collections have occurred.
· Elimination of multiple solid waste collection trucks throughout many neighborhoods (and none on the weekend)
· 26 single stream recycling pick-ups per year as opposed to 24 before
· Two bulk pick-ups per month at no additional charge
· Assurance that your garbage and recycling will be picked up in a timely manner
· Less wear and tear on roads due to not having multiple private companies in the Township
Yes, both will be handled by Solterra Recycling Solutions, a Central Jersey Waste Company.
An example of the cart for garbage collection is shown here:
If you are currently in district, you can keep your cans, but they cannot be used for garbage or recycling collection as we are supplying standardized containers to all residents.
If you would like to keep your cans, some people have found that they can be a useful composting container, a rain barrel or simply as indoor/outdoor storage bins.
If you would like to dispose of your cans, you may bring them to the Middletown Recycling Center located at 52 Kanes Lane, where they will be recycled.
If you are currently using a private hauler, you should reach out to the company to inquire about how to dispose of your garbage cans.