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Wernersville recycling changes
“We got notice from our borough (Wernersville) at the beginning of this year that our recycler would no longer be picking up glass items. Why? If we wanted to continue recycling our glass items we would have to take them to a facility in Bern Township.” Submitted by Rodney C. Borkert
“We were told by our recycling contractor that facilities are not taking glass any more,” said Jennifer Velez, assistant secretary at Wernersville Borough Hall on Tuesday, March 12.
Wernersville contracts with County Waste of Tremont, Schuylkill County, through the Robesonia-Wernersville-Womelsdorf Council of Governments for trash and recycling collection. The current contract is set to expire Dec. 31.
Omitting glass collection ultimately was a matter of affordability.
“Glass is a heavy commodity that has a negative value,” said Jerry Cifor, vice-president and a member of the board of directors of County Waste.
He said prices his company can get for recycled material across the board have plummeted.
Cifor cited China’s cessation of purchasing recyclables from the U.S., which he said once accounted for 50 percent of the market, as a major factor.
“In October of 2017 they quit taking anything,” Cifor said.
Traffic stoppages on the West Shore Bypass
“Why are there daily lane closures on Route 422 between Lancaster Avenue and I-176? Usually happens shortly after noon and traffic is stopped in both lanes and in both directions.” Submitted by Dudley Musselman
Alan D. Piper, transportation planner for the Berks County Planning Commission, said Tuesday that stoppages along the West Shore Bypass in Cumru Township could be due to PennDOT bridge inspections or the moving of utility lines by Met-Ed, but the county had no projects in the works.
“Typically when there are rolling road closures it is for moving utility lines,” said Sean Brown, a PennDOT press officer for the district that includes Berks.
However, he said Tuesday that the only notification he could find was for utility work in that area at night this week.
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Guardrails, actually the lack of them, were a concern for one reader.
Missing guardrail in Exeter Township
“Why was there no guide rail installed over Spring Creek on Ritters Road at 1001? One side was replaced with a guide rail a few years ago but the other side remains open to a bad accident waiting to happen. If a car goes off the road, it will roll over. I reported this a couple of times.”
Submitted by Leonard Kramlich Jr.
“Generally the engineers will decided if it is a needed function or not,” said Clarence D. Hamm, Exeter Township highway superintendent.
A message left at Great Valley Consultants, which handles engineering for the township, was not returned Tuesday.