Newberry Twp fines waste hauler for unreliable services

Jana Benscoter
York Dispatch
Republic Services loader Dennis Habecker collecting post-Christmas recyclables in the Fireside neighborhood in York City Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. Bill Kalina photo
  • Some residents said the fine should be divvied up amongst those who pay the bill.

Newberry Township supervisors haven't ditched Republic Services Inc., but the option could be on the table in January, Newberry Township manager Don Keener said. 

The second-largest waste and recycling hauler in the United States provided the township with the lowest bid in 2016, which earned the company a three-year contract with the township, he explained.

However, the trash company has lately been establishing an unreliable reputation with some Newberry Township residents, chairman Will Toothaker said at the supervisors regular meeting on April 24.

Complaints ranged from trash not being picked up consistently, to failure to provide services, he said. 

Newberry Township residents are charged $51.56 per residential property, per quarter, Keener said. 

The township is pursuing a $1,200 fine, the maximum amount allowed, for the complaints filed against Republic Services, Keener confirmed.

Some residents at the April 24 meeting said their waste payments should be refunded from the fine; however, the contract only allows that money to be returned to the township, Toothaker explained. 

Keener said it is not unusual for problems to arise with trash collectors. There were minor problems with the township's former trash hauler, too, he said. 

The current contract began in January 2017, and is one year and five months into a three-year contract, Keener continued. It has an option to add two more years, he explained.

“If the board is not going to exercise those options, they would have to decide that by June 2019 to have a bid in time for a new contract to begin in January 2020,” Keener said.

A message left for Republic Services seeking comment was not immediately returned Friday.