The Durham Township supervisors heard residents’ concerns about trash and traffic during the public comment portion of their July meeting.
Lois Oleksa, an avid environmentalist who has served the township in several capacities over the years, asked why the township continues to recycle trash and Chris Mondics, a writer-journalist, is concerned about reckless driving on Route 212 where he lives.
Oleksa said she had discovered from her trash hauler that garbage and recyclables are no longer separated but are trucked to the Philadelphia area where they are burned, “So, why” she asked, “go to the trouble to collect recyclable material from residents?”
According to numerous reports. China, which has accepted America’s recycling materials for years, is no longer taking them and that is the root of the problem.
Durham has maintained a monthly recycling program for township residents for years. The supervisors noted fewer and fewer people are taking trash to be recycled, even though initially the program was set up at residents’ requests. They directed Danielle Cox, township administrator, to gather information from the township’s recycling partner before they make any decision about the program’s future.
Mondics requested that the supervisors ask police to “be more diligent and at least slow the traffic down.” He said he had never seen police along Route 212, the two-lane highway stretching from Quakertown to Route 611. “It’s absolutely dangerous,” he said. He believes New Jersey drivers are using the road as a speedway and it’s particularly bad on weekends.
The township, which has no police force of its own, relies on state police from the Dublin Barracks for coverage. Stouts ValleyRoad, Kintner Road and Route 611 are other thoroughfares residents at the meeting mentioned as problem areas.