Three South Jersey municipalities are talkin’ trash — and leveraging savings — by combining their refuse collection services into a single contract.

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Cherry Hill and Gloucester Townships already had separate private contracts for trash disposal, and discovered that they were up for renewal at the same time.  That presented an opportunity for a common bid, also including the Cherry Hill School District and Fire District.

And Merchantville, NJ, which is in the early stages of merger talks with Cherry Hill, joined in. 

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Community officials won’t say how much they hope to save, but Gloucester Township mayor David Mayer (second from left in photo) says:

“Government is too expensive, and so today I think we start down a course where you will see more great partnerships like this between between municipalities.  We don’t have a choice.  We have to reduce our costs.”

Merchantville could see some layoffs in its public works department when borough trash hauling is privatized.
Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio.

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