Archives for February 10, 2013

Details on the Bethlehem Single Hauler Bid

This will soon be confirmed in the press, but here are the details on the leading Bethlehem trash hauler bid:

$197 includes:

– Trash
– Recycling
– Yard waste
– Bulky items
-Alley trash pickup

The price is locked in for 3 years. After that, five 1-year extensions are possible at an additional 3% a year. So the most it would cost 10 years out is about $242 – still much lower than what most Bethlehem residents pay now.

This will save the city about $100,000 a year on disposal costs, and would allow for changes at the compost and recycling center that save more money, potentially as much as another $100,000.

There is no administrative fee for 2013, and the administration is unlikely to pursue one for 2014. This year’s tax increase eliminated the need for a fee.

This is a much better deal than what most people get now, and it deserves to be debated by City Council.