WOODBRIDGE – The Township Council approved the purchase of three new automated garbage trucks, along with 10,500 more trash and recycling bins at a cost of $1.55 million this month.
The $290,000 vehicles, which can pick up and empty bins with a mechanical arm, cost up to $50,000 more than traditional trucks. However, they only require one worker instead of three, officials said.
According to Mayor John McCormac, Woodbridge will not lay off any sanitation workers; they will be reassigned to the township’s roads, parks and sewer operations. Savings, estimated at $4 million per year once the program is fully implemented, will be realized through attrition, McCormac said.
Approximately 4,000 households in the township currently have automated trash pickup. The program will expand to 5,300 more houses next month.
Under the program, residents receive two 95-gallon bins – blue for recycling and green for garbage – on loan. Residents can rent an additional bin for a one-time $60 fee.
The township will hold a series of informational meetings about the new routes for residents. The first will be Sept. 22 at Woodbridge Middle School, followed by sessions Sept. 30 at Fords Middle School, Oct. 1 at Iselin Middle, Oct. 6 at Colonia Middle School and Oct. 7 at Avenel Middle School. All meetings will start at 7 p.m.
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