Increased costs put East Deer recycling program in jeopardy

Source: Tom Yerace, Valley News Dispatch, July 13, 2018

East Deer officials say they are baffled by and concerned about the skyrocketing cost of recycling over the past several months. “When we started this program, our cost was supposed to be $150 to $160 per month,” Commissioners Chairman Tony Taliani said. But the most recent recycling bill the township received from its refuse contractor, Waste Management Inc., showed an increase of nearly 600 percent, to $869. … At Taliani’s request, the commissioners delayed approving the bill pending an investigation. … The program started in May 2017 and the bill for that month was more than $300 because of start-up costs, he said. After that first month, the monthly recycling bill, assessed for the previous month, never topped $200. Taliani said that changed dramatically in April when the township received a $339 bill. That was followed by a $344 bill in May, $348 in June. …