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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.

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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