Waste Management retained as trash contractor

Waste Management will continue as Lower Paxton Township’s solid waste and recycling contractor for five more years.

The township supervisors voted 4-0 to award a $17 million contract to Waste Management that begins in July. Board Chairman Lowman Henry didn’t participate in discussions or vote due to a unspecified conflict of interest.

The company’s bid was the lowest among the three received by the township.

The monthly cost of residential service during the first year of the contract will be $19.06, which is 91 cents per month lower than the current rate. The rate will go up every year and will top out at $20.72 per month in the contract year that starts in July 2022.

The new contract increases the number of leaf pickups from 19 to 21.

For low-volume customers that opt for a pay-as-you-go option, the price will increase from $4 per bag to $6.

The board opted not to require residents to use large trash cans with lids that Waste Management uses to automate trash collection.

Supervisors Robin Lindsey and Chris Judd said some older residents expressed concern about the size of the receptacles, 96 gallons for trash and 64 for recyclables. Also, residents who live in communities that do not allow outside storage of trash cans may not have room inside their garages, they said.