Bulk trash problem solved, recycling problem arises

Jonathan Janasik, News Editor
March 6, 2014

After the Slippery Rock Borough’s decision to move bulk trash day from May to March in Sept. 2012, they voted on Feb. 4 to change the change the trash day back to May.

“It was changed to March because the new contract was coming up and it was filled,” council member Christy Tichy explained. “So the price would go up if we had the bulk trash in May because there would be more poundage. That’s why it was changed, to save money.”

“It was moved back to May to accommodate the residents of the borough and be more cost effective than in March,” council member Ronald Steele said. “Who’s going to go [take] out trash in March? It’s more feasible to do it in May.”

According to council member Dr. Itzi Meztli, the Tri-County, the company that handles trash pickup, is requesting that the Slippery Rock Borough pay approximately $32,000 over the next two years in order to change the contract.

“If you ask me, they’re gouging us,” Meztli said.

Despite the longstanding debate about bulk trash being settled, another garbage-related issue has been raised this month.

“If you go to the borough building, they have alls these recycling totes that the city provided for free and somehow they didn’t distribute them to the apartment dwellers and most of these are students,” Meztli explained. “So, some students are not able to recycle.”

Steele explained that Butler County has a recycling ordinance and has provided each residence in the Slippery Rock Borough with a recycling bin.

A large number of unused extra bins are currently being stored behind the borough building.

At Tuesday’s borough meeting, Slippery Rock resident Chuck Brochetti asked about the status of the recycling bins, adding that Monteleone Apartment Manager Bonnie Davis asked about it last week and was given no answer.

“We’re going to have a full meeting on it the next few weeks,” Steele said. “We’re working on it.”

A full meeting to discuss borough recycling will be held March 18 at the Slippery Rock Borough Building.

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