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Central Jersey Council of Governments to Study Regional Trash Service
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Wednesday, 24 December 2008 13:46


MARLBORO–More than half the municipalitiesin Monmouth County have signed on to conduct a feasibility study of the proposed Monmouth County Regional Solid Waste Collection service,expected to cut municipal expenses for trash removal by more than 20percent.

The proposed shared service, coordinated through the Central JerseyCouncil on Governments, allows municipalities to collect trash, recycling and bulk waste as part of a joint program with neighboring communities. The service is expected to begin in the spring of 2010,with municipalities joining the program through 2014.

Regionalization of trash service is a common sense initiative that saves taxpayer money by removing municipal boundaries, said Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik, president of the Central Jersey Council of Governments.

"Rather than a garbage truck going to a landfill half-empty afterfinishing its route, our plan calls for the effort to be streamlined," Hornik said. "Under our plan, that same garbage truck can crossmunicipal boundaries into a neighboring town and fill up. It means asmaller numbers of trucks on the road, and less manpower involved in the process. That equates to a substantial cost savings."


Brian J. Valentino, a consultant whose expertise is in municipal operations, is leading the effort for the Central Jersey Council of Governments. He said one-third of the municipalities in the county were originally expected to join the feasibility study. Now, with the immense pressure for municipal officials to shave costs, he is hoping every Monmouth County community will participate.

"Municipalities in Monmouth County have until the second week of January to let us know if they want to participate," said Valentino, president of Patriot Consulting Group in Neptune City. "We will be applying for a state grant through NJ SHARE to fund the study in thespring and want to get as many towns involved as possible."

A similar study is underway in Burlington County, where Willingboro received a $65,629 grant earlier this year to explore the possibilityof regionalizing trash collection with 15 other municipalities.

Valentino noted the Monmouth County Regional Solid Waste Collectionservice project is only for towns in the county, as a state law requires municipalities within the same county to use the same landfills.

The Central Jersey Council of Governments was formed to bring together the leaders of each of Monmouth County's fifty three municipalities toplan for common needs, cooperate on topics of mutual benefit, develop large-scale shared services, apply for grants and coordinate matters of regional importance. The Council meets on a monthly basis at locations throughout the county.

For more information, contact Valentino at 732-413-0515.


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