Spring residents with 'excess' trash, recycling face fees

Police officer suspended, demoted

SPRING TWP., Pa. - The Spring Township supervisors voted Monday evening to approve annual fees for each additional trash and recycling toter.

Each township tax parcel currently receives one trash toter and one recycling toter courtesy of the waste haulers, but if residents want additional toters, they'll be charged an annual fee for each one.

The fees $165 for trash and $70 for recycling — specifically apply to multi-unit properties or residents wishing to purchase toters in addition to the 96 gallon cans the township's haulers have already provided ,and the fee applies to each additional toter.

The cost of the toters will be billed by the township tax collector and delivered by the haulers.

"If someone cannot get all their trash into one toter and they put bags out, what will happen with that?" asked board supervisor James Oswald.

Township Manager Jay Vaughan said Eagle Disposal, the township's trash hauler, currently will pick up the provided toter and three additional bags as a courtesy, but that will end in the near future, requiring residents with excessive amounts of trash to purchase an additional toter.

"We have people generating lots of trash, which tells me multiple people are living in a home or they're not recycling at all. We need to get people to recycle. We're trying to get people to do the right thing. Recycling is the right thing to do," he said.

Police officer penalized

In other business, the township suspended police officer Edward Makosch for 20 days without pay and demoted him from sergeant to patrolman for what the township stated during the meeting as "neglect and/or violation of his official duties as well as conduct unbecoming of an officer."

The township also stated it would not further comment since Makosch has the opportunity to appeal the board’s decision. Makosch's suspension and demotion are effective immediately.

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