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Officials Release Garbage and Recycling Update

Township provides information on change in collection service.

The following messages comes courtesy of the Springfield Government.

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The current contracts for garbage and recycling collection services ended Dec. 31, 2012.  The township advertised a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new collections services effective January 2013. The RFPs were advertised in Oct. 2012 and were received back to the township on Dec. 4.  Five eligible bids were received for garbage and recycling collection services. 

On Dec. 18, 2012 the Township Committee reviewed several solid waste and recycling options for 2013.  After careful review, the Township Committee agreed to the following:

*Garbage collection will be once per week. If your garbage was picked up Monday and Thursday, your garbage collection day will be Thursday. If your garbage collection day was Tuesday and Friday, your garbage collection day will be Friday.  This will start Thursday, January 31 and Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, respectively. 

*Bulk garbage pick-up will remain at four times per year:   March 20- 21, June 12-13, September 18-19 and December 11-12. Your bulk day will fall on the respective day in the previous bullet.

*Collection of garbage and recyclables in public parks and public containers in retail areas will now be collected by Regional Industries, LLC, a private hauler, thereby freeing up DPW workers to focus on their core operations.

*Recycling will be made easier by changing to “single-stream” recycling collection, allowing for recyclable bottles, cans, plastic containers and recyclable mixed paper to be co-mingled together into a single waste stream.

*Recycling will be increased from every other week to once a week, on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.. 

* The Springfield Environmental Commission will be helping the Township with education and outreach of the services and dates listed above.

Updated information and holiday pick is on the Township home page: http://www.springfield-nj.us/index.php?page=home  and the DPW’s home page: http://www.springfield-nj.us/departments/department-of-public-works.html

Frequent updates will be available on Springfield Patch. 

Kevin M January 10, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Excuse me Mr. Fraenkel, but what does this have to do with Mr. Shehady? His post was out of pure courtesy. He is not the mayor or even the deupty mayor. He had no obligation to post anything. On the contrary, I think that responsibility fell on the feet of the currenty majority. They could have notified The Patch or posted on the town's own facebook page or twitter account. But, as expected, they did absolutely nothing because they don't believe in communication. Is anyone surprised????
BART FRAENKEL January 10, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Kevin, he took the time to notify certain people; those people who have friended him on facebook. He could have just as easily made the notification to the public via The Patch. And as I wrote, it should have been done by any member of the TC, but none of them did it either. They didn't notify anyone but he did to a select group. As to the responsibility, that's the part of a township committee form of government that seems to be misunderstood. Every single TC member has the same authority with the exception of the mayor being the chair of the public meetings and authorized signatory for the town. Any member of the TC can step forward, which is why I didn't exclude the others. I simply mentioned that he took the time to notify some, so why not all.
The Voice of Reason January 10, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Everyone is dealing with high taxes. If you can't figure out a way to manage your own smelly and apparently voluminous garbage, I feel sorry for you (and especially your neighbors). Bugs and animals ravage your garbage daily? Really? Maybe you need a visit form the health department or invest in a dumpster.
Catherine Flynn January 10, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I have been recycling for years. My recycling is put in closed containers and my trash is put in closed containers. Even with a secure lid on the containers, the animals get into them, just overnight at the curb the night prior to the regular pickup. While it may seem that animals shouldn't get into closed containers, they manage to do so. I have tried various types of closed containers, and they manage to get into just about every type. From another post, it sounds like they even knock bricks off. I am glad to see the weekly pickup for the recycle items but I am very disappointed to see that the trash is just once a week. For the little bit it saved, which probably doesn't result in a decrease in our taxes, I would prefer the twice a week pickup.
B Freeman January 10, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Mr.Fraenkel, you take the time to focus on the one that notified many vs. 4 that notified none. That is the problem with your focus. The chairman/mayor is still the senior member of the committee. If all 5 of them wait around for the other to do something then nothing will get done. There aren't 5 mayors on the committee, just one inept mayor and deputy mayor. They just don't chair a meeting. Well maybe that's what Mayor Fraenkel did.
The Voice of Reason January 10, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Any member of the TC can step forward? To oversee and make notifications regarding recycling? To do a salaried employee's job? Whoever is in charge of recycling and/or garbage collection should be doing it. Who is in charge? Last I knew it was the DPW. I'm glad someone said something. If any of the TC can step forward to accomplish something on their subordinate's level, there is no direction, no accountability and confusion results. Who is supposed to do what and when? If something needs fixing, who do you turn to? Who do you blame when nothing gets done? I've figured this out now-the OTHER POLITICAL PARTY! When something happens in town, they all jump to be the first to offer help or information. Then they can say, "I did this and you didn't" I'm doing more for this town, vote for me. No wonder why this town is so screwed up. Look at the Township Table of Organization. DPW supervisor answers to the Twp Administrator. Twp administrator answers to the TC. There is a chain of command here. The member of the TC who oversees recycling should say to the twp administrator, this is what was called to my attention, take care of it with the person responsible. Twp admin should say to the DPW supervisor, someone screwed up, fix it and don't let it happen again. TC should not jump the chain of command and take matters into their own hands. If it happens again, the same confusion will result. I hope the table of organization is followed, otherwise it"s worthless.
change is so hard! January 10, 2013 at 07:29 PM
You can move to Union, Elizabeth or Hillside and pay lower taxes. You will be able to find much cheaper real estate as well. No one is stopping you. There must be some reason you stay in Springfield? Union, Elizabeth and Hillside are our nieghbors with lower taxes and more frequent garbage pick up. I can not figure out why you're staying in Springfield.
BART FRAENKEL January 10, 2013 at 09:04 PM
B Freedman (or is it Z), any member of the TC should have posted a notice. No one did the right thing, which would have been notifying everyone. But only 1 person notified a select group of people and that was my point. I never condoned the omission of the others but I also don't agree that someone who represents everyone, not just their friends, limits the access to the information Aren't all the residents suppose to be represented by members of the TC and not just facebook friends?
Warren Frank January 10, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Kevin M whomever you are. It is none of your business what I own, drive or hire. The reason I own SUVs is for safety and because the hills where I live are steep and when I owned a honda accord it did not make it up the hill. As far as my house goes, I have lived in three houses in Springfield starting with a small two bedroom ranch on a main street as that was all I could afford. I cut my own grass as well at that time. I also have many friends who live in nice homes on the "bottom" and have landscapers, so keep your oh poor me story to yourself. I have a landscaper as I commute over two hours a day each way leaving at 630 and returning at 8, pretty hard to mow the lawn and I do like to spend weekends with my family if it is ok with you. I do not discuss what you earn, do not go spending my money I work hard for it and have spent 23 years at a company. I have given plenty to the town over the last 25 years both with my time with sports and the kids as well as donating to a lot of causes. You are the one who seems troubled and angry when you need to disparage what someone has earned with hard work. Nothing has been handed to me. As far as the voice of reason (another pathetic person standing behind an alias) we have a lot of animals by where I live and the minute you put one bag of garbage in the can over night, the next morning the can is dumped, the bag ripped and garbage is dragged all over the place. Maybe you are so sweet your garbage does not smell.
Jen P January 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM
The two newest members of the Township Committee already dropped the ball. Why weren't they trying to get to the bottom of what went wrong with recycling and emailing the Patch with an explanation or some information? Ms. Bandrowski has time to write an op-ed criticizing Ziad and trying to give him a "Civics 101" lesson but she doesn't even know what her own job is. From the town's annual meeting agenda: "Department of Administration, Includes Office of the Township Clerk, Licenses, Personnel, SANITATION AS PERTAINS TO COLLECTION OF REFUSE, Township Attorney and Administrator 1. Margaret Bandrowski, Chair 2. David Barnett"
Jen P January 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM
The two newest members of the Township Committee already dropped the ball. Why weren't they trying to get to the bottom of what went wrong with recycling and emailing the Patch with an explanation or some information? Ms. Bandrowski has time to write an op-ed criticizing Ziad and trying to give him a "Civics 101" lesson but she doesn't even know what her own job is. From the town's annual meeting agenda: "Department of Administration, Includes Office of the Township Clerk, Licenses, Personnel, SANITATION AS PERTAINS TO COLLECTION OF REFUSE, Township Attorney and Administrator 1. Margaret Bandrowski, Chair 2. David Barnett"
Jen P January 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM
anonimous, the two newest members of the Township Committee already dropped the ball. Why weren't they trying to get to the bottom of what went wrong with recycling and emailing the Patch with an explanation or some information? Ms. Bandrowski has time to write an op-ed criticizing Ziad and trying to give him a "Civics 101" lesson but she doesn't even know what her own job is. She's the one who posted the editorial attacking him first - she can do that but can't take a break from politics to actually be helpful. From the town's annual meeting agenda: "Department of Administration, Includes Office of the Township Clerk, Licenses, Personnel, SANITATION AS PERTAINS TO COLLECTION OF REFUSE, Township Attorney and Administrator 1. Margaret Bandrowski, Chair 2. David Barnett"
Jen P January 10, 2013 at 10:09 PM
So cute/pathetic. Bart is sad Ziad won't be his friend on Facebook. But MOMMMYYYYY, he won't talk to me! I don't blame him, you have some strange obsession with him, some odd love/hate relationship. You're like a scorned lover.
Brett Biebelberg January 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM
I don't know about you, but it was clear to me that Adam was trying to be helpful by answering your question with outside information.
LHG January 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM
As of right now, the recycling contractor still has not collected the recylables in the Briar Hills, Rolling Rock, Chimney Ridge portion of town. This is now two full days that they have not gotten to us. If they cannot handle the work, some adjustment to the schedule needs to be made.
Glen H January 10, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Well said !
Carol8328 January 10, 2013 at 10:56 PM
I live on S. Maple and mine wasn't picked up either. The mass phone voice messaging system should have been used to get this information out to the people. How often can we expect that the company providing our recycling services will be 'inundated' with collections and unable to make pick-ups of every citizen. How about splitting the recylce schedule as you 'did' the garbage schedule. Half of the town gets pick on one day while the other half gets it on another day. I can just see this happening over and over in the summer when people have cook-outs and produce more than usual recyclables in the way of cans and bottles.
BART FRAENKEL January 10, 2013 at 11:04 PM
They all dropped the ball, including the administrator because he's there on a daily basis whereas the others may or may not be. And in regard to my original comment about this whole issue, I should have said that while it was very nice that Shehady had posted something on Facebook, it would have been better had he also done it on The Patch or anywhere else that's accessible for the public. That probably would have elminated any misunderstanding of what I was saying.
Glen H January 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM
You"re the man Warren!
a January 11, 2013 at 03:41 AM
observer thanks to shehady for the post on facebook. unfortunately unless you are one of his people you cant be his friend on facebook as he doesnt accept from anyone but his own party so his posting was worthless to many. as for the other tc members they are just as much at fault but people forget it is shehady and his party who had the majority in 2012 and passed this ordinance in the 1st place in december of 2012 when noone noticed it until it was too late. in this case both parties are at fault however.
The Voice of Reason January 11, 2013 at 06:46 AM
Warren-could the reason your garbage is dumped every week be that your garbage is easy pickins'? The animals aren't stupid, they go where they know they can find food. Here's an idea-put your garbage cans in your garage for a couple of weeks. Put your cans out the morning of collection day, sounds like you are up early enough. The animals can't find your garbage and should go somewhere else. Or, if you feel that you shouldn't have to change your ways, you can confront them while they are feasting on your bountiful rubbish, demand to know why they are so inconsiderate and inform them of your service to the town as you did above. You'll never see them again. Seriously though, you're the man Warren. You can outsmart a raccoon (or a squirrel, cat or opossum.) You can do this. As for the snappy alias, when you live and work in the same area, it's a bad career move to slam people who could make your life difficult. Small town politics isn't fair. It's politics.
Marc Krauss January 11, 2013 at 02:03 PM
The awarding of the new garbage and recycling contracts were voted on unanimously by the 2012 Township Committee. It was a non-partisan decision. The timing of the contract was due to the previous contract ending on Dec 31st. This previous contract locked Springfield in for 5 years with no options. The new contract is a 3 year contract with two option years. This provides Springfield the option to continue with the current contract or go out for bid in 3 years depending on the market. Ironically, the last non-partisan activity of 2012 was about garbage. Go figure.
MJ January 11, 2013 at 03:58 PM
For me, it is not who voted for it or when, it is the fact that there was info put out for the start of the month and then half way thru the month things change. Then we get info after the fact. All i am asking for is for the powers to be to make a decision, right or wrong and stick with it, this wishy washy crap has got to stop. There is a serious lack of communiacation in theis town. Maybe this town needs an enema.
Warren Frank January 11, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Voice of reason, if you should lose your local job you can always do stand up, you are just so funny. As I said you are one of those people(despite your wonderful alias) that if someone does not agree with you, then they are wrong. You know it all. As far as what I do for the community I have never looked for a pat on the back and I continue to do for the community even after my kids are long past their participation unlike many others who only help out if it benefits them personally. Since I do not know who you are feel free to call me I am listed and we can discuss this issue. I will not hold my breathe waiting for your call though.
a January 11, 2013 at 04:16 PM
observer has good common sense. this is just a bit of an overblown issue about missed recyclybles. its simply growing pains.
MJ January 11, 2013 at 04:33 PM
You know your movies and that is a good thing. But i really was not trying to be funny, i was serious, it is the same people doing the same stuff every other year in this town. There needs to be some new blood pumped in here and fast.
James January 11, 2013 at 07:00 PM
One doesnt need to run for office in town or show up to town council meetings to show they care about the town. I know for fact that Warren has had a great impact on hundreds if not thousands of kids in Springfield including mine. We all do the best with the resources we have some of us cut grass some dont but we all work hard for our families in Springfield whether we pay taxes or volunteer or both.
Elena Rakova January 12, 2013 at 10:17 PM
I don't understand why taxes become higher and higher, but survice worse and worse...
Voter February 05, 2013 at 12:35 PM
For those haven't figured it out.... Kevin M is Ziad Shehady. As well as Anthony D, B Freeman.... And the list goes on and on
a March 25, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Cats dont like mice or dogs , Yankees fans dont like Mets fans & neither do politicians who are in different parties. Republicans hate democrats & vice versa as Its just a fact of life get over it LOL.

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