The Northampton joined both and in unanimously approving a new multi-year contract with waste hauler J.P. Mascaro that will decrease trash pick-up from two times a week to one starting in May.
The move will reduce the $340 trash removal fee that Northampton residents pay by $34, according to Township Manager Robert Pellegrino. He added the switch will also save the township a “considerable” amount of cash.
No word yet on which day trash and recyclable pick-up will be on.
In the coming months, J.P. Mascaro will also be providing the approximately 12,500 households in Northampton a 64-gallon green recyclable can at no extra cost. The can is in hopes that more people will recycle, which is cheaper to haul and has many benefits for planet, Deon said.
Pellegrino stressed to residents that this move will only affect trash hauling and not the once weekly yard waste collection that takes place between April 1 and December 15.
Board of Supervisors' Vice Chairman Vincent Deon and Pellegrino worked with Lower and Upper Southampton officials as part of Southwestern Bucks Solid Waste Committee (SBSWC) to obtain bids for waste removal. The SBSWX sends out bids and chooses the most reasonable and affordable bid for the three townships.
The contract is set to be in place for just shy of four years with the option to extend for two one year periods.
The losing bidders were Waste Management and Republic Services.