SADSBURY TOWNSHIP — A major change is coming next month to residential garbage collection in Sadsbury Township.

In late November, township supervisors approved a municipal waste ordinance and awarded a three-year contract to Tri-County Industries Inc. of Grove City for residential trash pickup and recycling, effective April 1. Recycling is every other week under the contract.

Tri-County was the only firm to bid on the publicly advertised contract.

Commercial, industrial and institutional locations may continue to contract with the hauler of their own choice under the ordinance.

Though residential garbage service isn't mandatory, all property owners are responsible for proper disposal of household waste, according to the township.

It will cost residential customers either $24 per month for sticker and bag service or $36.85 per month for 95-gallon cart service. There are 95-gallon carts for recycling available at no additional cost.

Letters explaining residential garbage services and recycling have been sent to township residents, said Rose Mumau, township secretary.

Residential property owners who choose to contract for service are required to use Tri-County Industries since it has an exclusive contract, but there is an exception for pre-existing written residential contracts.

"Those who had existing written contracts can run them out," said Kevin VanHonk, vice chairman of supervisors, emphasizing the word written.

Once the written residential contract expires, home owners will have to sign on with Tri-County for continued service.

Supervisors sought a township-wide contracted hauler for residential service to save wear and tear on roads.

"We have too many different haulers, that means more traffic on roads, more traffic causes damage to the roads," said Lyle Hoovler, chairman of Sadsbury Township. "By reducing to one hauler, we should save on the roads."

Seal coating of roads with tar and stone chips cost the township around $100,000 in 2019, according to VanHonk.

"That didn't include the cost of the work or time to prepare or patch the roads for seal coating," VanHonk said.

Sadsbury is on a seven-year plan to try to improve its 44 miles of township owned roads, Hoovler said. It's a multi-year plan because the township doesn't have enough funding to do all township owned roads at one time, he said.

"No one bid but the one company," Hoovler said. "The bottom line is to save money so we don’t have to raise taxes."

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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