Automated Garbage Pickup Coming to Beach Haven

Jan 16, 2019

Beach Haven is paving the way for automated garbage and recycling pickup, expected to be up and running later in the spring. The program was outlined in an ordinance introduced on Jan. 14 by the borough council.

Borough Manager Sherry Mason said one solid waste receptacle and one recycling receptacle will be provided to homeowners free of charge, and they have a choice of either a 65- or 95-gallon receptacle. Any additional cans will cost $50 for a 65-gallon receptacle and $55 for a 95-gallon container. Each can is microchipped and inventoried by the public works department.

She said the borough appropriated $350,000 for the receptacles as part of a capital improvements ordinance adopted several years ago. Cans are assigned to each address and must remain with the property.

Mason said the trucks will not have hydraulic arms, but are equipped with a tipper in the rear of the vehicle.

“The public works employees roll the receptacles to the back of the truck, where a tipper lifts the can and empties the contents,” she said. “We couldn’t go with the arms because it would create a problem with overhead wires in some spots.”

“This will make it a lot easier for our employees,” said Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis. “Those guys probably get sore backs picking up those garbage cans.”

Mason said the automated trucks should be ready to roll around May 1. A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the next council meeting, on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. 

In a related matter, the council adopted an ordinance appropriating $125,000 for improvements and upgrades to the solid waste/recycling vehicles.

“We have to retrofit them to put in the new automated system,” said Mason. E.E.    

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