The Elizabethtown Borough Council accepted the low bid for garbage hauling, going with the same company that has been hauling trash for years but operating under a new name because of new ownership.
Raleigh, N.C.-based Waste Industries acquired Lebanon Farms Disposal in September; it is now known as Waste Industries of Pennsylvania LLC. Pat Luce, the government contracts manager for Waste Industries, told council members at their meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4, that the same people will be collecting the garbage, but new managers and supervisors have been hired and the company plans to upgrade the fleet of garbage trucks. He said there is a long-term lease on the company’s Pennsylvania headquarters, so that will not move in the foreseeable future.
Luce said the company has $850 million in assets and with the acquisition of Lebanon Farms, it now serves a region stretching from Georgia to Pennsylvania. This is the company’s first foray north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
“We’re up in Yankee territory. It’s a big step for us southern guys,” said Luce, who works in Chesapeake, Va.
Borough Manager Roni Ryan said the new rate of $134.64 per housing unit that starts on Jan. 1 is considerably higher than the current rate of $90.12. It is higher in part because the borough is allowing a second trash container to be used without paying an additional fee starting on Jan. 1. In addition to the hauler’s fee, the borough will have to consider what the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority is charging to accept the garbage when the borough sets the rate it charges residents for garbage and recycling service.
Ryan said the contract lasts for three years and the hauler’s fee of $134.64 is only for the first year. After that, rates are to be adjusted using a formula that includes fuel costs and the consumer price index. Council President Marc Hershey asked if the price could drop if there is a drop in the price of fuel.
“I suppose it could, but we haven’t experienced that,” Ryan said.
In other business, the borough granted a permit for a fireworks display on Dec. 31 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. The vote was unanimous except for Councilor Phil Clark, who abstained from the vote because he is the church’s facilities manager. Clark said the fireworks display will be at 7 p.m. Eastern time, which is midnight in Elizabethtown’s sister city of Letterkenny, Ireland.
“Also, no one on the committee wanted to stay up until midnight,” Clark said.