The Town of Hammonton has revised its collection contract with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA). As a result Hammonton residents will receive new 95 gallon wheeled, lidded containers in March. These containers, which compliment the ACUA’s single stream collection, will be distributed to each single family home and duplex.
“The lidded, wheeled containers are very compatible with this type of collection, since all types of material (paper, bottles, and cans) can be combined in one container. The lid keeps paper dry and gives a neat/clean appearance when the carts are placed curbside,” Hammonton Mayor John DiDonato noted.
Both the Town and the ACUA anticipate that the larger container size and ease of use will result in increased recycling. Increasing the amount of recycling collected translates into a reduction in the amount of trash collected, and reduces trash disposal costs for the Town.
To enable the purchase and distribution of such a large number of containers, adjustments to other aspects of the contract were necessary, and town leaders made the difficult but necessary decision to end free collection service to commercial entities in the town.
As of April 1, 2009, the ACUA will no longer be collecting recyclable material from commercial establishments unless contracted for with the ACUA directly. This change will affect all businesses, apartments, condominiums, schools and farms that were previously collected free of charge under the previous contract.Business owners will have the option of contracting directly with the ACUA to continue this service for a monthly fee of $54.00. Farms and other seasonal businesses utilizing ACUA’s rolloff container service will also have the option of continuing service with the ACUA for a fee. Businesses may contact the ACUA at 272-6950.