Residents who want to get rid of construction debris from home projects have been out of luck for the past six years, but will have a chance to finally rid themselves of home construction project leftovers later this month as well as this fall.
The township banned construction debris from being accepted at the recycling center on Ridge Road in 2009 after issues sprung up with commercial contractors using the site to get rid of debris from their jobs.
“They were coming in in unmarked trucks, showing different tax bills, and it was costing us a lot of money,” said Mayor John Ducey.
The township must pay what is known as a “tipping fee” for every ton of trash residents produce. Construction debris was accounting for higher tipping fees with taxpayers on the hook. But on June 27, the township will accept the debris again, for one day, as long as the debris comes from a resident’s own home project. Contractors and trailers filled with debris will not be allowed.
“It’s going to cost us a little more for our tipping fees for those two days, but when it’s only limited to the residents and there are no trailers allowed, it’s a service that everyone will hopefully take advantage of,” Ducey said.
The debris will be accepted all day long at the recycling center, which is also known as The Hill, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The township will hold the debris amnesty day on Sept. 12 as well. Both dates are Saturdays. Residents will have to bring their debris to the recycling center; curbside pickup will not be accepted.