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FRCA complains about contractors dumping yard waste

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

At the Allen Township Board of Supervisors regular meeting Aug. 27, Supervisor Dale Hassler introduced a concern from First Regional Compost Authority that contractors doing yard cleanup in the township are dumping their waste at the township facility rather than taking it to the central processing center on Weaversville Road.

“It sounds like a bigger problem than it is,” Hassler claimed. “These are not landscaping contractors that are dumping yard waste at our facility.”

Hassler likened the concern to a situation where a homeowner hires a local contractor or a neighbor to clean up yard waste and that person hauls it to the local facility.

“It’s really the same as the homeowner taking it over there. Some of the homeowners don’t have pickups to carry the waste so they hire someone to do it,” he said.

The local facility is not locked or guarded. At the Weaversville station, everyone entering the facility needs to show an ID with a local address to be allowed to dump.

The FRCA facility is loaded to capacity partly because of the time it takes to turn yard waste to usable compost. Trash haulers do not want to pick up yard waste, particularly grass clippings or leaves. For trash haulers, these are a nuisance and add weight to trucks.

With the increasing load on FRCA facilities, management wants to limit the volume it receives from commercial landscapers. FRCA does sell mulch to commercial companies, and that is a strong revenue stream that keeps rates low for residential customers.

Hassler said he thinks the request is a bit overblown.

“The major landscaping contractors are going to the Weaversville Road facility,” he said.

A proposed solution is to have the homeowners go to the dumping facility with the contractor.

The downside is that fees may be increased to cover costs. The township is going to look at organic curbside pickup, primarily for leaves.

In other business, an Allen Township resident expressed concerns over lighting at the Fed-Ex Ground warehouse.

According to homeowner Bob Napa, the parking lot light at the warehouse is oriented so that it glares down his driveway, making an exit a stressful situation.

Township Engineer Stan Wojciechowski offered to make a special trip to personally inspect the problem. Fed-Ex Ground is required to shield its perimeter lights from neighbors.

There is a request from Bath-Allen Recreation Group for dugouts at Howertown Park. The idea was mentioned at a prior meeting.

A quick study showed the proposed water main would cross the park. The line comes with a 30-foot easement. The agreement is to see where the line will be located and position the dugouts appropriately.

The initial request was for shelters above ground, not a traditional dugout. Township Manager Ilene Eckhart introduced a plan to have a slab base with shed roof. Slats were recommended for the side and back of the shelter. The initial focus will be on the larger field until the main water line is completed.