Waste cans still talk of Spring; 'We've got to adapt'

Deadline looms for smaller cans

SPRING TWP., Pa. - Spring Township provided trash and recycling updates during Monday's supervisors meeting.

Chairperson Patti Smith and Vice Chairperson Robert Myers were absent from the meeting, with board member Barry Ulrich serving as the active chairperson.

A comment from township resident Justin Coldren prompted a brief, but informative discussion regarding the township's 96-gallon trash and recycling receptacles, recently put into use, and their collection. Coldren's comment concerned the trash truck's noise and early-morning pickup.

"Is there a type of noise ordinance they're violating?" he asked.

Township Manager Jay Vaughan said the haulers are not in violation of noise ordinances, which are tied into the township's zoning ordinances.

Board member James Oswald asked Vaughan to ask the haulers to try to be more cognizant of morning hours and normal sleep time.

Vaughan said the township had given residents 60 days to contact township office to request smaller toters and the end of the 60 days is this week.

"Those who have called in, once we're past this 60-day period, we'll call back to confirm they still want the smaller container," he said.

Vaughan added that the smaller trash receptacle Eagle Disposal offered to provide is 54 gallons.

"You can stop in here (the township building) during the day and there's one in the lobby. That's the size you get if you want to go smaller. We're not going any smaller than that," Vaughan said

He also said he is not yet sure what size smaller recycling toters will be, but emphasized the importance of recycling.

"I've said it many times before: recycle, recycle, recycle. It's good for the environment. We want people to recycle, hence the 96 gallons. Our goal is to get people to recycle," he said."

Oswald said he thinks people are adapting to the new cans.

"I think it's been a learning curve," Oswald said. "This is the world we live in and we've got to adapt."

According to a public memo in the township's lobby, the township and hauler are hoping to swap cans, for those who've called, during March or April — the only time residents are allowed to swap containers. Residents who opt for the smaller receptacles will not be permitted to switch back to the 96-gallon toter.

Vaughan said the logistics and specifics for the toter swaps still need to be coordinated with the hauler.

Residents who wish for smaller cans must contact the township at 610-678-5393 by the end of the week to be placed on a list for a can swap.

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