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Brick to Switch to Automated Recycling Pickup

Switch covered under 2012 capital budget

Township council members voted on first reading Tuesday night to approve a bond measure that will allow Brick to switch to automated recycling pickup.

Automated recycling pickup, also known as "robo-recycling," uses trucks and cans similar to the township's automated trash pickup, which has been in existence for many years.

To get the program started, the township will bond $3,709,085 this year which will cover the purchase of six automated trucks, about 30,000 cans and dumpsters for condominium units and schools.

The bond will provide for other equipment for the Public Works department, as well, including two front-loader trucks.

"As soon as we're able to get the trucks and all the cans out to the residents, we're going to be kicking that off," said Council President John Ducey, explaining that the move to automated recycling should save the township money.

"It's actually going to make the town money, because more and more people are going to recycle," said Ducey. "It builds over the years."

Councilman Dan Toth said the township will save money in "tipping fees" paid to landfills since there will be less trash to deposit, as well as by way of fewer worker's compensation claims since automated recycling is safer for employees.

"There are soft cost changes we're going to see that will benefit us," said Toth.

Business Administrator Scott Pezarras said Toms River saw a 15 percent jump in recycling participation once it began its automated program. For every 10 percent increase in participation comes an extra $210,000 net benefit for the township, he said.

That amount alone, he said, would cover the cost of the debt service on the bond.

Before the bond ordinance can be passed, the council must vote for it on second reading. The second reading of the measure will include a public hearing before the vote.

Mrgrumpass May 24, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Big Daddy thats the question i asked last week, this slacker is on our payroll and he is not working!
J.JONES May 24, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Will we saved the jobs of 77 d.p.w. workers and cut 170,000.00 in budget ..But did you see our trucks at the road show or in papers..they are a mess condition wise..so we are going to have buy new ones soon or repair which is going to cost millions over a period of time ..And who is going to pay for that taxpayers..so we are going to get screwed again in time ..So contracting out isn't a bad idea talking business sense..So we are going to let them spend more money..tax cut for home owners will never happen..We are Screwed !!!!
JD May 24, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I voted "NO" to the referendum... I preferred private service... it costs less overall in the long run for me... also, it will be a continued threat of removing garbage service if we don't vote for tax increase!!!
10% Tax Cut NOW May 24, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I don't care who cuts tax's the Mayor and/or Council. They should all work for the betterment of our Community. The Mayor in this form of Government always has the final say in all matters. If he wasn't happy with the budget presented to him why weren't suggestions made to cut out tax's by all parties. There is enough waste in this goverment that 10% across the board cuts could and should have been made., this would have been in line with the Mayors proposed elimantion of DPW which equaled that number. Why did the a one Council member vote against the budget but had no suggestions for tax cutting measure's. When he runs for reelection he will say I didn't raise your tax's they did. Please Mr.Sangiovanni work for what the people voted you into office work for the betterment of Brick Township.
Catherine Sansivieri May 24, 2012 at 06:41 PM
JD: I can a week.....is that the size we have now and is it automated? Also JD $4 a bag for grass clippings? Well I have a 75x100 lot. I have 3 trees on my lot. However my neighbors have man trees. I have kept count on how many bags I use......I myself rake and bag 65 bags in the Spring and 65 bags in the fall/winter. that would amount to $480 alone.......
Catherine Sansivieri May 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
sorry about the typo...:many trees
squanto274 May 24, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I assumed everyone reading knew I meant recycling. I meant- recycling guy. Do I have to be THAT literal?
JD May 24, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Compost your clippings!!! No charge for that advice... or don't rake the clippings!! 1 can per week... same size as current... automated.. I believe in fee for service... I don't need all that service... therefore, don't want to pay for someone else.
J.JONES May 24, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Bring the leaves to ridge rd..free..or give someone some $$ to drop them off for you ..still cheaper and dont have to wait for pick up's..simple ..
Catherine Sansivieri May 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM
How many trips to Ridge Road for 65 bags of leave. Give someone money? ok so now we are adding more money to the pile...between the gas and "give someone money.....
Catherine Sansivieri May 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM
One more thing Brick resident82. : I am 70 years old, and it takes me a a couple of weeks to bag the leaves, and then I have to drag them to Ridge Road? give me a break.
J.JONES May 25, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Didn't mean to offend you Catherine ..so a couple of weeks to do 65 bags take them over time ..better then 65 x4$= $260 bucks..and better than a tax increase to buy many new trucks..either way we will pay..Good for you at 60 and out there raking up the leafs .Good Bless You...
Catherine Sansivieri May 25, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Oh my goodness Brick resident 82, lol......I am 70 years old not 60, and I mispoke earlier, it takes long thana couple of weeks, its more like a month.. Also it would be $260 twice a year = $520. lol sorry about the error in math earlier.......Oh yeah JD, by the way, grass clippings go in the large automated garbage can, they take up little space. I do agree with "10% Tax Cut Now". I am sure that each department can tighten their belt a little. If we get the automated system, fine,but I am still ok with the recycling the way it is. I strongly disagree with privatizing the garbage and disbanding the DPW....... hate to be a pain, but again I have to remind you that taking them to the Ridge Rd. facility trip after trip adds up to more $$. I have a feeling when talking about "leaves" some of you don't rake and bag lol.....ANYHOW...This is my opinion and I appreciate everyone's input and opinion. We all lead different lives see things differently.
Cosmo May 25, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Just another sick joke. How much are the Vendors kicking back to people who came up with this idea? Do we really need robo cans and trucks to pick up empty bottles and empty cans? Are they that heavy? I have never seen more than one person on a recycling truck in the 12 years that I am here, so what will we be saving? So, please stop the insanity and do more with what you have. Ever thought of running 2 shifts a day with the same equipment?
Upset Union Member May 25, 2012 at 04:33 PM
@big-daddy, mrgrumpass: too bad both of you aren't paying my salary any longer.. I do not work for brick Dpw any longer, so before you two dip your noses in; learn your facts and stop being a political hack talking out your ass. Sorry the truth hurts and people at dpw and townhall are finally under pressure from having their cards peeped.
Upset Union Member May 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
What's really gonna be the challenge is getting green briar, seview village and lions head to switch over to automated.
Mrgrumpass May 25, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I think you are a slacker on my payroll, cut the BS and stop being rude!
Upset Union Member May 25, 2012 at 11:06 PM
@mrgrumpass: lol! Get my ip address from Dan, find out who I am; once you do that then look me up in the pension system and shush..
Tarkus May 25, 2012 at 11:11 PM
So you're not working at DPW anymore?, I say Bulls**t. You posted at 12:34, right after you scanned out for the day. If you are no longer an employee of the township, then I guess you are no longer an "Union Member", upset or otherwise.
Tarkus May 25, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Why do you care, you claim you don't work for the township anymore. What the retirement community's do is of no concern to you. Mrgrumpass is right, you're just a slacker on our payroll.
Upset Union Member May 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM
@big-daddy: just because I don't work at dpw anymore doesn't mean I'm not union. Also there is a thing called civil service idiot.. Your still paying my unemployment tho :)
Tarkus May 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM
You are correct, you are a civil service idiot, you got me on that one. Maybe you should use some of your blogging time to go find a job. Oh, and by the way, I don't pay for your unemployment, nice attempt at a Bon Mott. Since there were no layoffs I have to assume you were fired, what kind of idiot gets fired from from picking up garbage?
Scott Pezarras May 26, 2012 at 01:23 AM
JD You need to know the average assmt on a residence in town to calculate this. You would then take the total cost to pick up garbage and recycling including tipping fees and benefit costs, then convert that to a tax rate multiply that by the the average assmt then divide by 100. But you already knew that didn't you. So if the total cost to pick up garbage is $8,000,000 and the ratable base is 5 billion dollars with an avg assmt of $300,000. What is the avg cost to pick up garbage and recycling for the average assessed house?
Upset Union Member May 26, 2012 at 01:28 AM
LoL fired? Hah! And what's a bon Mott? If I was fired I would of lost my pension and civil service seniority you political hack.. Try again troll..
Scott Pezarras May 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
JD I would be more than willing to talk to you but you already told Coucilman Toth that you couldn't be bothered, instead you would rather post anonymously on this site. If you would come in I would go over the Twp's financials with you and explain our accounting system, which is not GAAP based but is run on an Other Comprehensive Basis of Accounting methodology.
JD May 28, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Dumb is previous council... Dumber is current council... Dumbest is Pezzaras... Again Scott... you don't include all the costs with your $8million... healthcare, pension, statutory, cost for vehicle replacements, repairs, etc... it is at least $10 million.. but, regarding recycle... it is obvious you didn't do an ROI.. your accounting methodology has nothing to do with calculating an ROI.. this has a 16 year breakeven based upon my rough calcs... like i said... Dumb, Dumber, now Dumbest has weighed in!!!
DT May 29, 2012 at 03:52 PM
My parents still live in Brick, I moved to Toms River, and the new Robo Recycling cans are great. They are as large as the grey garbage cans. They actually reduced the recycle pickup from every week to bi-weekly, since the super large size they fit quite a bit, the only issue I have is cardboard tends to fill it quickly, so braking down the boxes is a must. After the first six months of operation the town sent a letter with the savings in operation, and the additional revenue generated from all the extra recyclable materials they made money on. I cant recall the exact amount but it was about a half million in just six months. I think this is a great idea.
Catherine Sansivieri May 29, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Thanks for the info DT. Hopefully Brick will also implement a system as good as TR. Cat
Mrgrumpass May 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM
You are the poster child for a Civil Service Slacker and too many fit your mold!
Can't handle the truth June 06, 2012 at 05:27 AM
I remember when mayor Scarpellie , first had the town recycle. he told us it will save the town money..... my taxes went up. then he said we will cut trash pick up to once a week will save the town money.... my taxes went up. the only way our property taxes will change is to get unions out of our pockets. beginning with the N J E A. and then the D PW. other wise. its bullsh** as usual

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