Ordinance Adopted for Automated Trash/Recycling Pickup

Feb 13, 2019

Acknowledging that it could be a work in progress, the Beach Haven Borough Council has adopted an ordinance to institute automated garbage and recycling pickup for residences. Officials said it is expected to be operational later in the spring.

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.

Mason said the trucks will not have hydraulic arms, but are equipped with a tipper in the rear of the vehicle. She said the public works employees roll the receptacles to the back of the truck, where a tipper lifts the can and empties the contents. Mason said hydraulic arms would have been problematic because they would make contact with overhead wires in some spots.

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.

However, residents will be responsible for rolling the receptacles to the curb. During a public hearing on the ordinance, several residents noted that some elderly people might not be physically up to the task.

Councilman Tom Lynch said public works employees would assist people with physical limitations.

“This is probably going to be one of the kinks we’ll have to work out,” said Lynch. “We realize this is new, so hopefully when problems pop up, we can take care of them.”

Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis said that under the new system, borough employees will no longer be lifting garbage cans to the trucks.

“That can take a real toll on our workers,” said Davis. “Back pain is a leading cause of workman’s compensation claims throughout the country.”

Lynch said another benefit would be not having to see covers and lids blow off garbage cans.

“During periods of high winds, you can find them strewn all over the place,” he said. “I think this is going to make our town look neater.”  E.E.    

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