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Posted: 02/13/13

Ray Township signs 5-year
deal with Republic Services

Observer Special Writer
      Ray Township signed a new trash removal contract with Republic Services on Jan. 15.
       "It is a five year contract with renewal option. The base price is $9.85 per month with an annual escalator of 3 percent," said Charlie Bohm, Ray Township supervisor.
       The current price was $9.08 a month. All conditions remain the same, stated Bohm.
       In December, bids were presented to the township from Republic Services and Rizzo Environmental Services, with Republic being lower for trash collection but higher for recyclable collection.
       Due to high costs, Ray Township trustees are looking to close down the Boxxster Recycling program at the township's recycling center and move toward curbside recycling.
       Republic's price for curbside recyclable collection could go down if more residents participate, but the actual cost can't be estimated until the number of residents is determined, explained a representative from Republic.
       "The Republic Company will be contacting all residents in February to determine participation and the initial cost is $9.25 per month for the service. A determination will be made following response to the survey," explained Bohm. "We tabled the curbside recycling bid to further evaluate the interest of the residents."
       All decisions concerning recycling will be made after the survey is complete.
       The current recycling center is scheduled to close on March 31 if all are in favor of curbside and the site will be considered as a place to build a storage building said Bohm.
       All trash removal and curbside recycling costs are expected to be covered by the residents.

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