WESTFIELD, NJ — After uncertainty about its feasibility, the municipality’s annual bulky waste pickup program, commonly referred to as “junk day,” is anticipated to return.
The Town Council is set to award a contract to the lone bidder for the program, Republic Services, at a special meeting to be held at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
“The special meeting is being called in an effort to expedite the timing of the process,” said Kim Forde, spokeswoman for the town, following the closing of the bids for the service Wednesday.
Last week, Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the council that a unique set of circumstances for Westfield has made getting bulky waste pickup challenging.
“Our volume has always been very, very large, and we’ve always been very strict about having this on the street for no more than one week,” Gildea said.
Continuation of the program, he said, was contingent on enough residents signing up and agree to pay for the service, the cost for which had increased due to changes in the international waste disposal market.
Republic Services, which administered last year’s bulky waste pickup, is anticipated to conduct the program this year for the same cost it did in 2018, Forde said.
The waste and recycling firm based in New Jersey conducted the program last year at a cost of $185 per household pickup. Municipal officials then encouraged residents to share the cost of permits with their neighbors to save on the cost.
Pickup days for this year will be announced.
With the increased cost of bulky waste pickup, the municipality had advised the public of additional ways in which they could dispose of bulk waste, including taking more items at the Conservation Center.
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