Second e-waste company quits after less than three months
After a very brief run providing e-recycling services for the boroughs of Pennsburg and East Greenville, Sims Recycling Solutions has announced it will end its agreement with the boroughs at the end of February.
Borough Manager Jim Fry announced the New Jersey company’s intention to stop service to the audible surprise of several council members at Tuesday night’s borough council meeting. The company did not provide a reason.
“I’m assuming because it’s illegal to trash computers and televisions in Pennsylvania now,” Fry said. “The electronics have to be recycled, so there’s a glut in the market.
“That’s my assumption because it seems like we go from getting money for this waste to nobody wanting it.”
Councilman Andrew Rock mentioned he had a contact at a company from near Philadelphia that might be able to help. Fry said he and Borough Secretary Kathy Chilton had started looking into another company, Advanced Green Solutions, from Walnutport. That company, however, does not currently offer roll-off dumpsters and will not pay the borough for the e-waste.
Sims has provided e-recycling services to the area for less than three months. Council approved the agreement with the company at the Oct. 23 meeting after New York-based WeRecycle! ceased services in Pennsylvania in September. Now that Sims is terminating service, council will once again collaborate with Pennsburg to find a suitable replacement.
Fry said Sims agreed to a one-month extension to give the boroughs time to find a replacement. The company will empty the container one additional time after February.
In other business, council discussed the repaving of the 100 block of Washington Street now that major construction on the Home City Ice project is complete. Roads Chair Leon Steinert had a quote from Yarnall Paving for $15,400, but Fry pointed out that council would have to budget an extra roughly $2,500 to upgrade the handicapped ramps at the intersection.
Fry said PennDOT may require the borough to replace the handicapped ramps if the road is overlaid. The borough will need a design before getting a more concrete estimate on the ramps. Council President Josiah Pierson said council would look at the budget to see if council could afford to replace the road this year.
Extra funds were also needed for the zero-turn mower purchase the borough is looking into. Council had originally budgeted $5,000 for the mower, but after shopping around, Road Supervisor Randy Reinhart recommended council allocate an extra $3,000 for a Gravely Pro-Turn.
Reinhart said $5,000 would only cover heavily used equipment in questionable condition, and couldn’t promise it would last very long. The Gravely is being offered at a discount because it’s a demo model.
Council unanimously approved a motion to purchase the mower for a price not to exceed $8,000, using the $5,000 allocated to the tractor and $3,000 from the water savings.
Council also reopened discussion of refinancing the borough’s PennVest loan after receiving a new round of offers from the three local banks the borough had dealt with.
Univest, Harleysville Savings and Quakertown National Bank have all come back with permanent fixed rate options for the loan after council decided against taking any of the previous offers. Harleysville’s new offer is for 2.85 percent, nearly a full percentage point lower than the current PennVest rate.
Fry said he and Borough Treasurer Sharon Kachmar will meet with representatives from each bank to discuss the details of each offer.