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Automated Recycling On Track for 2013

Trucks, if purchase is approved, could be delivered in the spring

The township's public works department is expected to recommend a vendor for automated recycling trucks in Janary, it was announced at the Dec. 17 township council meeting.

Public Works Director Glenn Campbell said he would be recommending the township purchase Peterbilt trucks with 12-foot robotic arms capable of scooping up so-called "robo-cans" filled with township residents' recyclables.

Each truck is slated to cost $258,000, down from a bid of $303,000 received when the council previously sought proposals last year.

Earlier this year, the township council authorized bonding $3,709,085 in its capital budget for six automated trucks and about 30,000 cans, plus dumpsters for condominium units and schools.

This time, Campbell said, the township tried to do what it could to simplify the bid to a point where more companies would be able to submit proposals. Coincidentally, the best bid came from a company offerring Peterbilt trucks, the same type currently used.

That, in and of itself, could save the township money.

"We've been maintaining Peterbilts for the past 15 years, so the mechanics are familiar with them, and we obviously have an inventory of parts," said Campbell.

Business Administrator Scott Pezarras said the new trucks, if purchased by the council, may be delivered sometime in the spring - possibly as early as the end of April.

The current recycling trucks will be auctioned off, said Campbell, though a couple may be retained for chassis parts.

Township residents will each be issued a 90 gallon robo-can, and switched to a pickup schedule of once every other week once the system is implemented, officials have said.

In other towns, recycling increased once an automated program was started, leading to higher revenue for municipalities by way of state grants and well as lighter tipping fees, part of the cost of traditional trash collection.

Pogo December 20, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Where do I go to find out exactly what public works will accept in those robo-cans? Do paper and cardboard go in with the cans and bottles? Do the hard plastic caps go in along with the soft plastic bottles they came on? Will someone finally figure out how to recycle aluminum food pans and foil along with Coke and beer cans? (There seems to be more aluminum in a turkey pan than a beer can). When I moved back here I checked the web site and called public works for clarification and nobody seemed to know squat.
Al December 20, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Brick's new recycling program sounds very similar to the one in Toms River. Here are Toms Rivers' recycling guidelines: http://tomsrivertownship.com/index.php/Department-of-Public-Works/recycling-division.html That should answer most of your questions, I hope.
Pogo December 20, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Thanks Al. Toms River has a more detailed and helpful web site than Brick. I guess cereal boxes, Kleenex boxes and all similar non corrugated cardboard materials are not recyclable here though they are in Charleston, SC, (along with Depton meat trays and egg containers). I still have a lot of unanswered questions, (Tyvek, styrofoam, etc.), but I guess public works can't think of everything. Now I just wish we could get people to stop throwing aluminium cans in the trash, especially when there are recycling cans sitting right next to the trash cans at Wawa.
ken December 20, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Now, will these drivers laugh and drive away if some recycling items fall to the ground instead of the truck like my garbage truck driver does? I guess its beneath them to actually step out of the truck and pick up what they've dropped. I supposed that's my job.
MEB December 21, 2012 at 01:38 AM
And, just where are residents supposed to store both garbage can AND recycyle can. This community is really going down in class!
clamdigger December 21, 2012 at 02:34 AM
is this really your concern? where to store the recycling can? side by side or front to back, they're like bookends except the recycle can will probably be blue.
MEB January 21, 2013 at 11:01 PM
@clamdigger. Yes, it is a concern since the rules of my association demand cans be stored in garage!

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