Residents now charged fee for recycling of items
The Northampton Borough recycling center will now charge residents a fee for each item they turn over to a recycler.
Items no longer accepted include computers, printers, cell phones and TV sets.
Borough council was advised of the decision at its April 3 meeting. The ban went into effect April 1.
"In the past, we were able to recycle these materials without a fee," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said. "The recycler is now asking us to pay $20 for each TV."
Councilman Robert Coleman said residents will place TV sets in alleys due to the change in the fee. The borough's trash haulers will not pick up TVs, council said.
Zarayko said the Northampton Community College may oversee a project in autumn that allows the public to dispose of electronics. Zarayko recalled past years when the public disposed of old items by way of a huge truck parked in front of the municipal building, free of charge.
The administration will continue to research alternatives, however, the borough has not reached a solution at this time.
In other business Councilman Anthony Pristash informed council the 2014 police cruiser arrived from Kovatch Ford, Nesquehoning. The emergency equipment is being installed before the vehicle goes out on the road.
Also, the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce was granted permission to hold its annual street fair Sept. 13 on Main Street, between 18th and 21st streets. There will be entertainment, demonstrations, exhibits and vendors.