The Glade Township Supervisors have been discussing funding for solid waste programs in the township.
A one-year extension of an agreement with the Warren County Solid Waste Authority for recycling program costs has been approved. Under the agreement, the township pays half the cost of recycling pick-ups at the drop-off site in the township. Veolia Environmental Service charges $150 per pick-up, so the township's cost is $75.
The supervisors estimated an average of three pick-ups per month for a cost of approximately $225 per month or approximately $2,700 per year for the program. The cost remained the same as the previous year's agreement, but there is speculation it will rise before the extension expires in September 2013.
If prices increase, Glade Township and other county municipalities may have to discontinue the recycling program or find ways to cover the costs themselves.
The supervisors approved moving forward with grant applications to the DeFrees Foundation and the Community Foundation of Warren County.
The first request is to cover costs to continue the recycling program for a three-year period. The supervisors approved applying on the basis of a four pick-ups per month average to insure funds covered busier months.
Another request would cover some of the cost of the township's "clean-up day." The supervisors approved asking for $10,000 to fund the program for three years. The current cost of the event is approximately $4,500 per year. Even if grant funding is awarded, the township still plans to fund $1,500 of the program cost itself. As the township intends to fund $1,500 of the $4,500 total per-year cost itself, the grant asks for $3,000 per-year, or $9,000 total, to help fund the program. The total $10,000 being requested includes an extra $1,000 to cover any increases in the cost of waste pick-up for the event.
The supervisors noted dumping is no longer allowed at the former dumping site near the township building. They have posted a "No Dumping" sign at the site. Residents wishing to dump can inquire as to the new dumping location at the township building. The supervisors asked that people using the new site use the existing waste pile when dumping.