Kennett Square residents getting tiered trash collection

FRAN MAYE- DIGITAL FIRST MEDIAKennett Square residents may soon get a choice of trash toter size in an effort by Kennett Square officials to save residents some money on trash collection.
FRAN MAYE- DIGITAL FIRST MEDIAKennett Square residents may soon get a choice of trash toter size in an effort by Kennett Square officials to save residents some money on trash collection.

KENNETT SQUARE >> Kennett Square council agreed this week to adopt a tiered trash collection system that could save residents money by switching to smaller toters.

Residents will have the opportunity to switch from the 96-gallon toters or a 65-gallon toter or even a 40-gallon toter. For those who keep the 96-gallon toter, it wil lcost them $2 more per quarter. Those who go to a 65-gallon toter will pay $8 less per quarter and those who opt for a 40-gallon toter will pay $18 less per quarter.

Currently, residents pay $67 per quarter for trash and recycling collection.

Joe Scalise, borough manager, said it costs the borough $135 per stop for every toter no matter the size. He said if the borough caps 300 users at the 65-gallon toter, and 300 users for the 40-gallon toter, there would be no price differential.

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Scalise said it will cost the borough approximately $25,000 to purchase the 600 toters. Residents can trial test the toters to see what is best for them, and Scalise said he wants to see what the demand is for the service to get final numbers on the toters.

“Hopefully, it will encourage us to use less (trash),” said Geoff Bosley, councilman.

Dan Maffei, council president, said that while he was in favor of the concept, he wanted provisions for policing for abuse, noting that a few years ago, the borough had a debris problem. However, that motion was shot down by council after it was pointed out that it may involve an added cost.

Scalise said there is no system in place to catch people who overstuff toters, and even if there was, there is no judicial oversight.

The suggestion for a tiered trash system came from a public comment session earlier this year.

“I think this is certainly better than what we have now,” said Bosley.

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