WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s annual bulky waste pickup, which was postponed this summer after no company initially bid for the job, will take place this fall — if enough residents sign up. The program will cost $185 per permit, or $105 more than it was last year.

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Republic Services, which has conducted Westfield’s “junk day” for the past several years, will run the program as it has in the past, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said during the town council’s conference meeting Tuesday. Pickup will begin the last week of September and continue during the first three weeks of October.

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“Other vendors might have been able to do it, but the material would have been out for, like, multiple weeks per ward, versus one week per ward like we’ve done in the past,” Gildea said.

One neighboring town had trash sitting out for more than a month, he noted.

Residents would have all of August and most of September to sign up before the cutoff date. The program will only take place if enough residents sign up to make it profitable.  

Gildea said they would likely need between 400 and 500 signups, but that Republic was willing to work with the town on that number. About 1,400 permits are usually issued each year, he said. More information will be sent to residents soon.

The town offered 10 alternatives to bulky waste pickup in June. To read them, click here.