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Township Cuts Trash Collection to Once Per Week

Officials say the reduction in collection days will save money.

Come May 2012, Southampton residents will only have trash pick-up once per week as opposed to the current schedule of twice weekly collection.

The Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 Tuesday evening to accept J.P. Mascaro’s bid to continue as the township’s waste hauler. 

Currently, residents pay a yearly $345 tax for trash disposal; this will be lowered to $340 come 2012 due to the new contract.

Township Manager Joseph Golden said the move to one trash collection day per-week will save the township a “significant” amount of money.

Golden said he hopes to the savings accrued over next few years to help fund street paving projects and purchase a new street sweeper.

The new contract, which will last for four years with the option to extend, also continues to give residents once a week recyclable collection and once a week yard waste collection between April 1 and December 15.

Also part of the new contract, J.P. Mascaro will deliver a new 64-gallon recyclable container to every home in the township, at no additional cost, starting sometime early next year.

“The goal is to get the recycling can bigger than the trash can,” Golden stated.

In April 2011 the township . The new system meant residents could co-mingle recyclables.

According to officials, recycling costs both the township and the trash hauler less money, as well as having the added benefit of being better for the environment.

Upper Southampton, along with neighboring Lower Southampton and Northampton, make up the Southwestern Bucks Solid Waste Committee (SBSWC). The SBSWC jointly looked for bids for a waste hauler, and then picked the most viable plan.

With board approval in Upper Southampton, the two remaining members of the SBSWC are expected to adopt the new contract in the coming weeks.

Waste Management and Republic Services also submitted bids for waste collection.

Eric S December 07, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Another idea to cut this expenditure is to have residents congregate the trash so the trucks have less stops. 4 or 5 houses putting the trash into one pile makes the job a lot faster. Unfortunately the idea must include people bagging the trash correctly and using common sense when dropping the trash at the collection point.
LovinLife December 07, 2011 at 10:31 PM
I wouldn't want 5 houses of trash on my property. I am appalled that they are cutting it to once per week, and only reducing the taxes from $345 to $340? Time to replace Joseph Golden! And, how about taking the money from the Southampton Creek restoration and apply it to things that will save the residents some money? This is ridiculous!
Michael December 08, 2011 at 02:18 AM
It's wrong to use money slated for trash pickup for things other than trash pickup. The $345 (now $340) trash collection amount of our tax bill can't be deducted from federal taxes yet it's not all being used for trash pickup. Lower the trash tax amount to what it costs for trash collection! If you need money for other things, then get it elsewhere, the right way. Single-stream recycling for is great for everyone especially if it saves the township money since we recycle more. So we're saving since we're recycling more and will have less pickups next year, why are the taxpayers saving only $5.00?
ingrid December 08, 2011 at 12:57 PM
I do agree. There are so many other ways that our township wastes money and could cut. God forbid we start with the public works dept. Having them drive around when they have nothing to do and waste fuel is ridiculious. I have previously called the Department questioning that and the driving around in our neighborhood stopped. Coincidence? Do we really need a bunch of public works guys to fill a pothole when only one is doing the work? Or replacing neighborhood street signs with and leaving a gapping hole at the corner where the children wait for the bus. Does someone acutally have to point out to them that they have to fill the hole they left with some dirt and throw in some seed. This is the gov't mentality at work. They cannot think for themselves because where is the incentive? While there may be some who earn their keep, let's get rid of those who just suck the budget dry. I'm sure plenty cuts could be taken from the administrative side of the budget also. Unfortunately, it is a network of people who are just looking out for themselves.
Ken Woodring December 08, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Unfortunately, municipal cuts are a sign of the times. I don't quite understand why our taxes keep rising as services remain the same or decrease. I think the Public Works employees do a good job, I would like to see a better job done on pot holes. The creek/drainage project at Strathmann & Churchville has been horrible - now we are dealing with poorer water quality along with access & accident problems. In terms of getting a 50% reduction in trash service along with a 1.4% cost reduction - will the township set up a place to drop off overflowing trash??
Tom Sofield December 08, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Ken - When trash delivery switiches to once weekly, the number of cans of waste you can put out at a time will double from approximately 6 to 12, according to Joe Golden. Although collection will be cut, J.P. Mascaro and the township realize the trash volume will not and that is reasoning for the increase in the number of cans.
Living the Bucks Life December 08, 2011 at 02:27 PM
Northampton to file suit. Personally, We never have enough trash to warrant putting it out 2x a week. So reducing pick up will only make me have to REMEMBER to put it out that one day. At least now, if I miss it, I know I have another day. As for only a $5 reduction, that just doesn't make sense. I want to write contracts like Mascaro and have my clients accept those terms. Mascaro knows how to do business! Ka-Ching!
Tom Sofield December 08, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Lower Southampton is expected to approve the contract in the next few weeks too. The amount J.P. Mascaro is charging Upper Southampton is about $140 less than the $340 yearly tax. The leftover $140 will go toward funding a new street sweeper and improving roads in the township. It is an alternative to raising taxes to get improved services.
TomInPA December 08, 2011 at 02:57 PM
You people sure do complain a lot. I have lived in Upper Southampton my entire life and i am satisfied with the level of services we have. The public works department has a lot of fine employees who do work hard. Check out what the taxes are in Warminster, Lower Southampton, Northampton. About 24% higher for the same value home. Big deal if they cut the trash to once a week. We have six people in our home and rarely have more than one can to put out.
Judith Gittelman December 08, 2011 at 03:57 PM
I guess they don't yet know which day they are going to collect the trash? Also, they must realize that the heavy items along with the recycling all of which were put out on the "second day" are now going to be on the street with all the rest of the trash. What about the day they pick up the yard waste? Saturday. What will happen to that pick-up? I would suggest that the one day a week be on Friday, as most people will realize by Friday that their containers are getting very full. That's my opinion, of course
southampton resident December 08, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Maybe this board of Supervisors for Southampton needs to be replaced. This makes no sense out all that cutting trash pick up by half saves tax payers $5. Obviously Mascaro is making out and the supervisors are not business savy. Want to keep Southampton a fine area to live in keep it clean and keep the trash pick up the same.
ingrid December 08, 2011 at 05:49 PM
They are all part of the "ole boys club" so to speak. This Board has always had their own best interests at heart and not that of the township's as a whole. If you were lucky enough to have a Board member move into your neighborhood, then whatever problems could not be rectified prior by the residents all of a sudden would be fixed. Several examples of that some years ago while other issues that were still not addressed properly were just left hanging. We need new blood in there so start voting them out otherwise nothing will change.
ingrid December 08, 2011 at 05:50 PM
They sure do. They make lots of profit off of the stupid ones (Board) who can't fkigure it out. Seriously, do these members even understand how to run a township.
Tom December 08, 2011 at 09:21 PM
What about one of those big vaccuums that suck up leaves so we can just drag them out to the curb in stead of bagging them? Screw the street sweeper.
Tom Sofield December 08, 2011 at 10:06 PM
The decision on what days will be announced in the coming months. Packets of information will be mailed to all the township residents explaining the changes, Golden told Patch.
Larry Foy December 09, 2011 at 12:08 AM
What! I will have to come home once a week to 12 half empty trash cans in the road ,blocking the road and the my driveway.Bummer !
Steve A December 10, 2011 at 03:18 PM
I agree, we need a leaf vacuum machine, not a street sweeper! Also, no Saturday yard waste pick-up, they come thru my neighborhood before 7:00AM and wake me up.
Tom December 12, 2011 at 01:43 PM
YES! Saturday yard waste pickup is a hassle. Most people are doing their yard work on the weekend. Then have to sit on cans of yard waste for a week before it gets picked up. Doesn't make much sense.
TomInPA December 12, 2011 at 03:23 PM
That would be nice! As far as leaf collection we are in the dark ages.
Proud Resident February 22, 2012 at 05:59 PM
When was the meeting that made these rulings on trash pickup? I think the people of Upper Southampton should have a vote on issues with such a large impact. I would prefer twice a week pickup and once a week lawn debris, otherwise i will need to buy more trash cans which cost more then $5.00. I have lived here for over 5 years and enjoyed the services. i have never seen a street sweeper and I'm not sure if we really need one since trash on the streets doesn't seem to be an issue. I hope we are not creating a trash problem for ourselves by reducing pickup to one day a week.

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