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Perkasie Borough ordinance to specify recycling container size

MELINDA RIZZO

Looking to avoid additional recycling costs on an already burdened system, Perkasie Borough Council authorized its solicitor to draft an ordinance, specifying container size for collecting recyclable material.

Dan Gilbert, Perkasie public works director, said providing recycling containers for the borough’s residents would cost roughly $45,000, but he expected to recoup the investment in lowered employee wages and labor to collect recycling.

“We sometimes have eight to 10 buckets now for [many residents] and the amount of time and trips it takes to get from the curb to the machine is impossible,” Gilbert said.

He added it often required additional man-hours to take the collected recycled material to its drop off point in Franconia, Montgomery Township. “Sometimes we have to [add hours] to do that on Saturdays,” Gilbert said.

Gilbert estimated it takes about 39 man hours per week, at $24 per hour, to collect the borough’s recycling.

Instead of authorizing the expenditure for borough-provided containers, Borough Council President Jim Ryder polled the board about creating an ordinance requiring recycling items to be placed in a container “at least 32 gallons” in size.

Aiming to speed up and simplify the collection process, Ryder said, “We want to try to eliminate these [multiple] containers.”

Council unanimously voted to create an ordinance for public hearing.

“We also want to remind people to drop off their recycling items at our recycling center,” said Councilman Steve Rose.

In other news:

Faced with steadily climbing costs to supply electric service to businesses and residents, Perkasie officials want to find ways to cut costs.

Council requested a plan for generators, which could be fueled by either diesel or natural gas connections. Council also requested professional education about how such a system would work, as well as cost estimates from its Harold Stone electric department supervisor.

“We have been dealing with this for five years, and before now council had not had an appetite for it, now we do,” said Jim Purcell, council vice president.

Ryder said trimming costs to customers was essential as rates continue to climb from the borough’s wholesale vendors.

“This is going to eat our budget and it is going to eat it fast. The trend is not good,” Ryder said of the higher wholesale and delivery charges it was facing.

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