The automated trash collection and recycling program is simply a new and more efficient way of picking up and disposing of our trash and recyclables. The system is less costly to operate, is more efficient, provides for cleaner neighborhoods on trash day, is environmentally friendly, increases recycling and reduces our disposal trash tonnages. The standardized carts with wheels come in different sizes and are easy to maneuver.
In recent years, the rapid escalation of costs for recycling and refuse collection disposal acted as a catalyst for changes in solid waste management in Abington Township. We began looking into the feasibility of revamping our current trash and recycling programs with the long range goal of stabilizing the ever increasing costs of trash disposal and providing a more fair and equitable system of collection while building a sustainable recycling program.
We put together a hybrid variable rate automated collection program wherein the resident pays for the size of their refuse container and also receives automated carts for paper and commingle recyclables.
The hybrid system rewards the residents for their waste reduction by reducing their refuse collection fee. This system has enabled Abington Township to achieve a 57% waste diversion rate along with a 32% cost reduction for collection.
The Automated Variable Rate Collection Program coupled with our hedged recycling market paybacks have ensured that our recycling program will remain fully sustainable well into the future.