Clayton Township trash pickup to be every Friday
CLAYTON TWP. — Residents of Clayton Township who signed up for the trash pickup service being rolled out this month had their garbage picked up for the first time Saturday, Jan. 4, and regular pickup will be every Friday, according to Supervisor Raymond Daniels.
Republic, the township’s trash pickup provider, delivered bins to township residents Dec. 30-31, Daniels said. He said there were a few customers on LaGrant Road that did not receive theirs on those days, but the township has worked with Republic to get the carts delivered.
Clayton Township approved a trash pickup ordinance in October that allows township taxpayers to voluntarily sign up. Daniels said the ordinance was passed to provide the service for people who wanted it — 140 people petitioned the board for township-wide trash collection — while not forcing people not interested in the service to pay for it.
“We had 140 people that said they were interested,” Daniels said. “We sent out 140 invoices. Out of that that 140, 40 of them did not respond back, but we picked up 37 new ones. So we ended up with 137 carts.”
Many of the people who wanted the service had already been paying for trash pickup individually, but wanted to be included in a larger customer base to save money on the service, Daniels said. Annually, customers will pay about $135 for trash collection from Republic, Daniels said.
To sign up for the service, invoices sent to township residents Dec. 1 had to be returned by mid-December. Daniels said additional township residents have expressed interest in signing on for the service through the township since the deadline passed, so a second sign-up will be held this year.
“We’ve got several people that want in,” he said. “We’re going to do it again in the summer for the last six months of the year. We had people that want in, but were under contract already.”
Daniels said the township has received a lot of positive feedback about the service from residents who are saving money by enrolling with the township.