Ho-Ho-Kus February 11, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 9 Borough experiences uninterrupted collection service by Jennifer Crusco Residents, businesses, and the K-8 public school in the Borough of Ho-Ho-Kus recently experienced uninterrupted solid waste collection. The municipality began the year with its prior contractor, Waste Management of New Jersey, Inc., after the borough rehired that company for a one-year, $583,956 contract. Multiple bids were submitted. Last fall, the borough put out a call for bids on a new contract for the collection of solid waste and recyclable materials. The previous contract with Waste Management extended through Dec. 31, 2008. Bidders were asked to submit prices for a series of scenarios. One scenario concerned rear yard garbage pickup with a two container maximum per pickup. This concept also involved twice a week collections all year in both of the borough’s collection zones, one of which includes properties east of Route 17, and the other which includes properties west of that highway. Another scenario involved rear yard garbage collection of an unlimited number of containers from April 1 through Oct. 31, and once a week collection of an unlimited number of containers from Nov. 1 through March 31. A third option was twice a week, year-round curbside collection of garbage featuring a two container maximum each time. Bidders were also asked to submit pricing for curbside collection of unlimited containers for twice a week pickups from April 1 through Oct. 31, and once a week from Nov. 1 through March 31. The borough further asked for prices for once a week collection for most of the year with twice a week collections from Thanksgiving through Dec. 31. Bidders were asked to submit pricing for the curbside collection of recyclables twice a month in each of the borough’s two zones, and for the collection of solid waste and recyclables at the Ho-Ho-Kus Public School three times each week. Under the terms of the new contract, Ho-Ho-Kus residents will continue to have rear yard garbage collection with no limit on the number of containers twice a week from April 1 through Oct. 31, and once a week from Nov. 1 through March 31. The contract also includes a once a month “white goods” pickup for large items such as appliances and furniture, and twice a month curbside collections of recyclables. Residents also have the option of brining their recyclable materials to the Ho-Ho-Kus Department of Public Works collection site. The borough moved to once-a-week solid waste collections from Nov. 1 through March 31 as a cost-cutting move in the winter of 2004-05. Waste Management has carried out the collection work for the borough since the spring of 1999, when the Ho-HoKus Council approved a resolution assigning the borough’s solid waste contract to the hauler, which purchased the assets of the previous company, Crystal Carting Corp. Crystal requested that Ho-Ho-Kus agree to assign the borough’s agreement with CCC to Waste Management of New Jersey, and release Crystal from its obligations. For many years, individual Ho-Ho-Kus homeowners each contracted separately with the borough’s waste hauler. In the 1990s, the borough aimed to consolidate the multiple contracts with Crystal into one borough-sponsored contract that would include rear yard pickup and “home side” recyclable collections. The borough opted to establish a solid waste utility, and residents began making quarterly payments to that utility for collection services in 1998. 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