LOWER ALSACE TWP., Pa. – After much debate at various township meetings, Lower Alsace Township Supervisors and members of the community gathered in the cafeteria at Antietam Middle Senior High School on Thursday night for a decision regarding trash removal and recycling.
“I like that decision,” resident Ruth Anne Cratil said. “I think it’s a good decision.”
“I don’t think the township should adopt the trash for everyone,” Brian Sands, another resident, said. “I do think we definitely need municipal recycling because of the terrible mess that the recycling containers get.”
Township supervisors unanimously agreed to allow residents to keep their current, private trash haulers while deciding to move to having one recycling hauler. The head of one private, family-owned trash removal company stressed the importance of its current contracts with its customers.
“We do approximately 200 customers in the area and it’s going to affect our business and our family,” Keith Kemp, with Keith Kemp Sanitation, said.
Township supervisors said the recycling change will allow the township to apply for grant money and will have a minimal financial impact on residents.
“If you’ve ever been to our building and saw our recycling dumpster something obviously had to change,” Supervisor James Oswald said. “Like that one gentleman commented, since the Christmas holiday you couldn’t even walk between the dumpsters they were so full.”
One supervisor also stressed the importance of community involvement at these meetings and not just when certain hot button issues arise.
“The one gentleman who spoke comes to every meeting and when he first started coming to our meetings, he was our biggest enemy. … Now he’s our biggest proponent because he sees how hard we work for the residents of the township,” Oswald said.