A deal between Brick and Point Pleasant Borough where Brick would collect the Boro's trash could net Brick as much as $600,000 in revenue, Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said.
After the Point Borough council openly discussed the potential deal at a meeting last week, Brick residents began questioning whether there would be enough manpower in place to service both towns. Acropolis said a deal to collect Point Boro's trash and recycling would most likely coincide with Brick switching to automated recycling pickup, freeing up extra manpower. With "robo-recycling" in place, the number of drivers picking up recycling would be reduced, freeing up those drivers to go to the Borough, a relatively small town.
A planned switch to robotrucks for recycling – where each Brick resident would be issued a 95-gallon recycling can and an automated truck would empty the can on recycling days – has been in the works for some time in Brick. The council considered making the switch last spring, but later decided to put it off. Acropolis said Brick would most likely lay off the extra employees displaced by the switch if not for a shared services deal that would keep staff members busy.
Under a potential deal, Brick would be responsible for picking up Point Borough's trash and recycling, but not the cost of its "tipping fees," the charge for processing refuse once it is collected and deposited at a waste facility.
A plan that would generate about $600,000 in revenue for Brick, and save Point Borough about $500,000, is an example of shared services working well, Acropolis said.
"As long as the numbers work, we're going to look into doing it," Acropolis said, adding that Brick Public Works Director Glenn Campbell has been putting the plan together and crunching the numbers for more than a year.
The deal is not finalized, however. Neither the Brick nor Point Borough councils have formally voted on the measure. The Point Borough council, at its meeting last Tuesday night, authorized its professionals to begin drafting documents for a potential shared services agreement, however. The Borough's contract with its current waste management provider ends Dec. 31.