Automated Garbage Collection Goes Off Without Hitches

By ERIC ENGLUND | May 08, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Beach Haven — As secretary to the Beach Haven Public Works Department, Jackie Fife is accustomed to getting her share of phone calls on Monday morning

But May 6 was not just any other Monday. It was the first day the automated garbage and recycling system went into effect. Crews were working from Amber Street south to the Long Beach Township border.

“It’s been ringing off the hook,” she said. “There weren't any complaints, but people were calling with various questions. A lot of them wanted to know what to do with the old cans.”

The old receptacles were replaced by new, larger bins, all delivered free of charge to borough residents. They had a choice of either a 65- or 95-gallon receptacle.

Under the new system, garbage trucks are equipped with a tipper in the rear of the vehicle. She said the public works employees roll the receptacles to the back of the truck, where a tipper lifts the can and empties the contents. Residents will be responsible for rolling the cans to the curb.

“But we’ll have employees riding trucks who will roll the cans back to the side of the house when they’re done,” she said.

Fife said people who want to dispose of their old receptacles can put them out with the garbage, marking them specifically as trash.

Residents with questions may call public works at 609-492-2525.  —E.E.

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