Collegeville Saves $77K on Trash Hauling; Eliminates Recycling Rewards

Collegeville Borough will no longer use J.P. Mascaro for trash collection, which offered residents incentives for recycling.


Collegeville Borough Council voted unanimously to enter into a five-year contract with Quality Disposal for trash, leaf and recycling service, opting against continuing the J.P. Mascaro Recycling Rewards Program, at a savings of $77,000 over five years.

Quality Disposal, located in Honeybrook, Pa., was the lowest overall bidder with $1.11 million for five years, including trash, recycling and leaf pickup.

J.P. Mascaro of Audubon, which also offered trash, recycling, leaf pickup and a Recycling Rewards program for five years, came in at a cost of $1.19 million.

“We have to take the most reasonable and most responsible bid, by law,” said Borough Council President Terrie Stagliano.

J.P Mascaro Director of Sales Sam Augustine attended the meeting to discuss the Recycling Rewards Program, which partners with local businesses to provide incentives for recycling, at a cost of roughly 95 cents per household per month.

Borough Manager Geoff Thompson said that 20 to 25 percent of Collegeville households signed up for this program in the first year it was implemented, and the direct impact to local businesses was unknown.

Augustine cited Mascaro's work in Whitemarsh Township, which implemented the program successfully by increasing recycling by over 30 percent and signing up over 40 local businesses.

After minimal debate, Collegeville Borough Vice Chair Arnold Mann made a motion to accept Quality Disposal’s five-year bid, and the motion passed unanimously.

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