The Glade Township Supervisors decided during a Tuesday night meeting to keep the township's recycling program as is with the potential of expanding what can be recycled after the first of the year.
Chairman Dave Sedon said of the recycling program, "We're at the place, we need to make a decision tonight (to) keep it, expand it (or) eliminate it."
Township Secretary Tia Drescher explained that the cost per pick up is going up $25, split between the township and the Warren County Solid Waste Authority. She said that a poll question was placed on the township website that asked whether individuals support the use of taxpayer money for recycling. A solid majority said yes.
"Before we decide, (we should) read into this grant" Township Supervisor Bryan Drescher said of a state recycling grant that could cover the vast majority of the cost of the program. He said the township might not be eligible for the funding if it does not collect all the eligible items listed in the grant.
Currently, the township collects number 1 and 2 plastics, brown, clear and green glass, paper such as newspapers and magazines, tin and aluminum.
Drescher said that the program could be expanded down the line. Township Supervisor Scott Kemery asked if the contract for pick up with Advanced Disposal allowed for what is collected to be changed or amended mid-contract. She said that it does and noted that the "contract is more or less (whether) we're going to offer a recycling program or not."
Kemery asked whether the collection point could be locked when no one is at the township building. Currently, drop off is 24-7. Sedon noted that if the gate was closed, people would most likely drop off their items by throwing them over the gate.
Drescher said that the plastic collection container fills up faster than the other areas and there was some discussion about allowing the mixing of recyclables and not sorting by type. She said that when Advanced Disposal empties the containers, they immediately mix all the types. Paper is kept separate so it does not get wet.
"No one crushes plastic," Sedon said. "(That) would make a lot more space."
Sedon recommended that the township "keep it at what we have. Why fill the landfill? Whatever we can do." While he did not see expanding the program presently, he noted that he would be "willing to look at expanding after the first of the year."