Garbage Collection Information For 2019

2020 Solid Waste Collection Update

Please be advised: We delivered by hand a third notice to be sure every resident of the borough received the information regarding the new trash ordinance and the form to be returned with your selected choice.  If you already sent in your request, thank you and please disregard the latest request.  If you have not returned your response with your selected size, please do so before October 15, 2019.  If we do not receive your response by October 15, 2019, a 96-gallon refuse cart will be assigned and billed to your account.  

Ordinance No. 1353, amending Chapter 134 – Solid Waste, was recently adopted by borough council.  The contract is being sent out for bids, and once they are received and the successful waste hauler is awarded the contract, we will have prices available. Residents will choose the appropriate sized garbage can for their use and the annual user fee will be based according to the chosen size.  Below are pictures of the three can sizes, and are also displayed in the municipal building lobby.  Please select the desired sized can and quantity on the form available here and return to 24 Analomink Street, East Stroudsburg PA  18301.  The letter that was sent out to residents and homeowners can be viewed here.

Required Service. East Stroudsburg Borough provides mandatory residential garbage collection and disposal services through its designated contractor to all eligible residential units within the Borough. Multifamily housing properties having more than four (4) dwelling units per structure where all the dwelling units are not owned in fee simple by individual owners, group homes, and commercial, industrial and institutional establishments are not serviced by the Borough contract. The owner(s) of those establishments are responsible under Borough ordinance for the proper collection and disposal of solid wastes from their premises by a commercial garbage contractor of their choice. All other residences are provided service through the Borough’s contractor, Waste Management of PA, Inc., under the contract in effect for the 2019 – 2020 years.

Garbage Collection Day. The pickup day for residential garbage in the Borough is every Tuesday.  The major holidays observed by Waste Management are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. During the 2019 year it is anticipated that the following holidays will require the rescheduling of garbage pickup from the regular Tuesday date to one day later due to such holiday: Memorial Day (pickup on Wed. May 29th), and Labor Day (pickup on Wed. Sept. 4th ) for those holiday weeks, garbage collection in the Borough will occur on Wednesday, instead of on Tuesday.  Any other unanticipated changes in schedule due to weather or emergency conditions will be announced as time permits in the local newspaper (Pocono Record) and through our Code Red Alert system (sign up here).

Questions on the Borough Solid Waste Collection & Disposal Services ?

Should you have any questions concerning the Borough garbage collection and disposal services, or recycling pickup and processing services, please contact the Borough Office at 421-8300. If your weekly garbage pickup is missed on a Tuesday, contact the Borough Office as soon as possible on that Tuesday as a Waste Management of PA Inc representative is supposed to contact the Borough Office each Tuesday to receive and follow up on such reports.

Bulky Items Collected at Curbside. Garbage service in the Borough includes the pickup of large or bulky household items weekly at curbside, in addition to trash in regular bags or containers.

Residents are also reminded that you may only place out for pickup residential wastes generated at or from your residence located within the Borough of East Stroudsburg. It is unlawful for any person to bring into the municipality or permit to be brought into the municipality for pickup/collection and disposal any solid waste that is not generated in or originated from an eligible residence located within the Borough. Violators will be prosecuted under Borough Ordinance.

Requirement for Certified Removal of Freon from Appliances.  All refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners must be certified “deactivated” (Freon free) by an authorized contractor before Waste Management will pick them up. It is your responsibility as the owner or occupants of a residence to have an appliance with Freon deactivated properly. Do not release the Freon yourself, as neither the garbage contractor nor the Borough are responsible for disposing of such appliances unless the Freon has been removed properly. HVAC contractors generally can perform this service.

Requirements for Placing Out Garbage/Pickup of Containers.  All garbage placed at curbside for collection must be in a reusable garbage container, or suitable disposable garbage bag. Containers must be rust-resistant water-tight cans. Plastic bags shall be sturdy and properly tied (do not place garbage at the curb in paper bags, cardboard boxes or wood containers). Garbage, containers, or bulky waste items shall not be placed at curbside or along the side of the road before 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to the designated collection day (i.e., not before 5:00 p.m. Monday normally); and containers must be removed from curbside or along the road no later than 9:00 p.m. on the same day of collection. Placing garbage out too early is a health code violation as well as a visual eyesore. Violators will be prosecuted.

Waste Management will not pick up commercial construction refuse or demolition debris.  Commercial contractors are responsible for properly disposing of their own construction wastes.  Other restricted materials that will not be picked up are Hazardous Wastes (such as liquid paints, solvents, acids, oils, etc.) and tires.

State law has been in effect since 2013 provides that – Electronic devices may not be placed out for weekly garbage pickup with your municipal solid waste.  This includes televisions, and computer equipment including but not limited to monitors, CPU’s, laptops, printers and other peripheral devices, scanners, keyboards, mouses, speakers, battery backup units, cables, and any components of the previously listed devices. These electronic devices must be recycled. Borough residents only may drop off electronic devices for recycling at the Twin Boroughs Recycling Center located at 336 Lincoln Avenue, East Stroudsburg, Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 AM. This service is for residents of East Stroudsburg and Stroudsburg Boroughs only – no charge for Borough residents. The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority (MCMWMA) accepts such electronics devices for no charge at their Blakeslee PA location, 183 Commercial Blvd. in the New Ventures Industrial Park just off Interstate 80 Exit 284.

Solid Waste User Fee Billed by Borough. The Borough charges all residences required to use the Borough-contracted garbage service and the Borough-operated recycling program a mandatory annual solid waste user fee, which offsets the costs of providing garbage collection and disposal services, and recycling collection and processing services, to those residences.

The annual solid waste user fee for 2019 is $305.00 per year per residential unit. The annual solid waste user fee is billed by the Borough in mid-January, and if paid in full within thirty (30) days of billing, a twenty dollar ($20.00) discount is granted resulting in a payment due of $285.00. The total amount of $305.00 is due within ninety (90) days of billing. If unpaid after ninety days of billing, a 10% penalty is added. An extended payment option is provided for residents who qualify on the basis of low/moderate income to pay the full amount of $305.00 within one hundred eighty (180) days of billing. Residents must apply for the extended payment option at the Borough Office. The income guidelines used are the same ones for eligibility for participation in the home rehabilitation program operated by the Borough and administered through the Redevelopment Authority of Monroe County.  Contact our office for more information.

Unpaid solid waste user fees will result in the placement of a municipal lien by the Borough against the property with the delinquent account. Please note that the owner (landlord) of a rental dwelling unit shall be ultimately responsible for payment of the solid waste user fee for that residence. Solid waste user fees are billed to the owner of record.

Any residence which has been established in the Borough of East Stroudsburg during any part of any given calendar year shall be subject to the solid waste user fee. The only exemption from payment of the solid waste user fee that may be granted is in the case of a dwelling unit that has been vacant for more than one hundred eighty (180) consecutive days in any given calendar year. Such unit may be eligible for a prorated exemption from payment based on an application for exemption through the Borough Office based on the following exemption procedure:

A. The owner or owner’s agent must complete an exemption application available from the Borough Office certifying that the dwelling is or has been vacant for the minimum required
period of time and that no garbage, rubbish or bulky wastes have been placed out for collection from the dwelling unit during the period applied for exemption.

B. Vacancy of the dwelling unit may be evidenced by water service to the dwelling unit being shut off by the Borough at the curb stop, otherwise proof of vacancy rests with the owner of
the dwelling unit for which an exemption is requested.

Questions on the Borough Solid Waste Collection & Disposal Services? Should you have any questions concerning the Borough garbage collection and disposal services, or recycling pickup and processing services, please contact the Borough Office at (570) 421-8300. If your weekly garbage pickup is missed on a Tuesday, contact the Borough Office as soon as possible on that Tuesday as a Waste Management representative is supposed to contact the Borough Office each Tuesday to receive and follow-up on such reports. For questions concerning Recycling, you may also contact the Twin Boroughs Recycling Program at (570) 424-5170.

Yard Wastes. The garbage contractor, Waste Management of PA, Inc., is not responsible for picking up tree branches or limbs, bushes, shrubbery or other vegetative cuttings. The Borough DPW crew picks up yard wastes at curbside, on a scheduled every-other-month basis, according to the schedule included in the Section on Recycling. Grass clippings (which are not recyclable) will be taken by the garbage contractor if bagged and placed at curbside for regular weekly garbage pickup.

Leaves. The Borough provides an annual curbside collection program for leaves for approximately six weeks each Fall, approximately from mid-October until Thanksgiving. During other times of the year, a limited amount of leaves will be taken by the garbage contractor if bagged and placed at curbside with regular weekly garbage. Information on the annual Leaf Collection Program will be included in the Section on Recycling during the Fall months.

Other Restricted Materials – Hazardous Wastes, and Tires.
The Borough garbage service is for the disposal of regular household garbage, refuse, and trash. Hazardous wastes, such as liquid paints, solvents, acids, etc., cannot be placed out for weekly garbage pickup. The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority periodically coordinates collection programs for household hazardous wastes.

In addition to the new requirements concerning television sets and computer equipment, tires are not accepted for disposal at area landfills. Do not place out tires for garbage pickup. You must recycle used tires through a tire dealer.

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