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Trash Talk

   For official Township trash dept info  - www.abington.org  or call - 267-536-1038

10-09        Clean out  - October 13 through October 16  clean out amnesty all week  (on your trash day )----- no computers no hazardous waste but a good time to get rid of all that excess.  By the way if you were a flood victim - just call the township refuse dept and they will come pick up things you need to dispose of  at any time.

9-09 Trash Can Size Change - September 25th deadline 3 p.m. call - 267-536-1038

 6-30-08  Pay to Throw ( Now Called Variable Rate Trash) It's here ! Public works meeting :   Details have been revealed  about the pricing for the trash program you will be choosing you were size can by September 1 ( or perhaps a little later)
95 and ends for $262 a year.   65 gallon cans for $235 a year.   35 gallon cans for $208 a year

Extra trash : What doesn't fit in your and will be able to put out in a bag that you buy from the Township.  It will be a colored bag (blue,) will cost $.50 a bag.  It will hold up to ( I think  they said) 35 pounds and $.50 that you pay is for the trash that's in the bag not for the bag itself   The  reason for buying the bag is so that you pay for the additional trash that you throw.

If you want a second can, ( I believe by July or August the policy changed and you may now request an extra can whether or not you have the largest --- ask at the township --)    the original thoughts in June of 08 were they were saying you first should have the largest can - (95 gallons) -unless you are elderly or have some reason why you  can't use the 95 gallon can.  They said they may consider the 65 gallon can for you the cost of the second cans are $82 for the 95 gallon  can $55 for the 65 gallon can and $25 for of the 35 gallon can - You should look on the Township website or call  to find the most current details as all of this is subject to change


  There will be another clean out  in  fall, probably October, and next year April 14-17 and October 6-9, 2009.

On cleanout days, you can put out any amount of trash, except you can't put out computer trash and hazardous material or construction materials.

You shouldn't trade cans  with your neighbors, if you have a problem call the Township and swap it because the Township is keeping serial numbers as to what can goes with what house

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6-12-08  The variable rate system is here !  As of the June 4, 2008  Public Works meeting we can safely say the variable rate system is  alive and well - as we knew it would be - even though it was "taken off the table" when we asked questions about it initially.   Instead,  they reverted to an old favorite - handling the process piecemeal. We saw the same thing with Channel 43.  Without a view of the whole plan, it is hard for residents to intelligently comment.
    First, the  automated program was instituted - ward by ward. And word was that everyone was deemed to be happy with the trial.  (That was not what I was hearing behind the scenes.)   And although it was called a trial, it did not contain any of the crucial elements of the final program - like how overflow is handled, what about large clean-outs and could pay to throw ever be fair when sometimes you use 4 cans and sometimes your single can is 1/2 full?  The "trial" was conducted while picking up all your trash - but after the trial was over, we were alerted overflow would be extra.  And the program was approved before all the wards even had their trial, or before any open polling was done.  OK what is - is .  Moving on....here's the latest.

Details are still fuzzy  on how you will pay for normal  "over-flow" & the kind of overflow you get when you do Spring cleaning . At the July Public Works meeting, we will be learning more .

As it stands, it looks like we will be required to choose what size can we want - small medium or large- by September. The fees for each are different .  See the township website for details - they are still finalizing their plans.  The can you pick in September is what you will be expected to keep for the coming year.  There may be only one opportunity to change this  per year ( unless you have just moved in or have some other special situation - in which case an "interim bill " will be issued to make the change ) .  You can have a second can if you pay the cost. 

   The new pricing will start in January - the need to pick in September is so they can prepare the bills . Check the Township website for more info -  hopefully some of the details will be found there .
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1-08 Overview & update as of  Jan 08:    In 2006 a Pay to Throw trash system was proposed. Some trial areas were established in the township . As it went along, residents questioned how it would work and the refuse department seemed to be trying to work those details out. Along the way, the Pay to Throw idea seemed to be amended and residents were assured all their trash, no matter if they had overflow, would still be picked up with this new Automated Trash system and that everyone's fee was still the same. 

Very little public debate or comment was heard from the trial areas, and in Nov ' 06 the system was approved.  To some of us watching, that appeared to be without any real comments heard publicly from the residents. As of the end of January '08. The new  system is virtually all throughout the Township - the final neighborhoods just getting underway with it .  The most frequently heard complaint is that some folks, particularly seniors, seem to be having trouble with the size of the cans and getting them out to the road.  Ward 2 Commissioner Robert Wachter at the January meeting suggested that they take their cans out to the curb empty and carry the trash  to them separately.

   Although at one point it appeared the Pay to Throw idea had been abandoned,  in December a Times Chronicle  report quoted Mr. Conway suggesting that that might be under consideration again. 

PRIOR HAPPENINGS  that brought us to this point

 

 

BROKEN LINKS ALERT  

Abington Township recently completely revamped their website at the end of 2015 . All links directed to the old site were broken. We will be reinstating links as we find them and if the data is still available.  
Please  let us know if you find a broken link . Send us the name of the link and the page it is on , and if we can reinstate it, we will.

 


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