Jerusalem Township Trustees recently approved a refuse collection contract with Fondessy Enterprises Inc., a cost cutting move that will save the township tens of thousands of dollars per year.
The township’s previous contract was with Waste Management. When it came time to renew the contract, costs were just too steep, said Trustee Joe Kiss.
“We were paying almost $4,000 per month more than we needed to on garbage,” said Kiss.
The township had been paying Waste Management approximately $9,300 per month for garbage pickup services, he said. “We’ve been with Waste Management for over eight years. Trustees decided to look at the refuse contract and we thought it was very high. We were being charged so much per household, and we have 1,300 households in the township.”
With the recession in the last couple of years negatively affecting the housing market, Kiss said he knew all 1,300 households were not using the service.
“We have about 100 or more households that are vacant,” he said.
He decided to follow the garbage trucks for two consecutive weeks to determine how many houses were getting their garbage picked up, he said.
“I rode behind the refuse trucks with a clicker counting how many houses were actually getting the service,” said Kiss. “I found there were only 850 houses getting their garbage picked up. The difference is astronomical.”
The township will save about $40,000 per year with its new refuse contract, said Kiss.
Trustee David Bench said the township received bids from several haulers, with Fondessy submitting the lowest bid.
“We got a lot of offers. They were all cheaper than Waste Management,” said Bench.
Kiss said that the new contract with Fondessy offers services that are nearly identical to the previous contract with Waste Management.
“It’s actually better,” said Kiss. Besides the weekly refuse collection, the township will continue with two unlimited garbage pickup days per year for half the cost of what Waste Management was charging, he said.
Township residents will continue to drop off recyclables at a recycling station in the township, said Kiss.