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PRESS PHOTO BY MARK KIRLINHellertown Borough Manager Cathy Hartranft outlines recycling contract options. PRESS PHOTO BY MARK KIRLINHellertown Borough Manager Cathy Hartranft outlines recycling contract options.

Mascaro gets 3-year recycling contract

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Mark Kirlin Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Over the past five consecutive Mondays, Hellertown Borough Council has met to go over budgets. Borough Manager Cathy Hartranft outlined the results of the preliminary budget at the Nov. 6 Council meeting. An important aspect of the budget involves recycling pickup.

The borough has received bids from companies to handle the recycling collection. Due to the increasing cost of bids, the preliminary budget calls for a $10 increase in recycling fees for residents.

The bids received were for both weekly and bi-weekly collection for one, two or three years. Based on staff recommendations, the borough chose to proceed with bids for a bi-weekly pickup for a period of two or three years. Over the last two years, the borough had only signed a one-year contract each year. During the meeting, Sam Augestine, who is director of sales and marketing for J.P. Mascaro & Sons, chose to speak to the council. In his appeal to them, he stressed that Hellertown Borough has been a longtime customer to J.P. Mascaro & Sons and he appreciates their business. He went on to say he was hopeful the council would continue the relationship and consider a longer term contract of three years.

Augestine explained that the cost of the bid offered to the borough went up considerably for a couple of reasons. He noted that the operating cost of equipment has gone up. Also noted was the shortage of CDL drivers, which has driven the cost up for drivers. The biggest reason was the declining value of recyclables.

In response to Augestine, Council President Thomas Rieger said, “Thank you for coming tonight, I know in the past I’ve been a vocal critic, but I want to say in the last year I haven’t heard too many complaints so I think there was issues in the past, but I think some of those issues were rectified and I appreciate you working with us with that.”

Upon completion of Augestine’s statements, Borough Council voted and unanimously agreed to award J.P. Mascaro & Sons with a three-year contract for $301,068. The new contract begins Jan. 1, 2018 and runs through Dec. 31, 2020.