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Borough Garbage Bags Due in Stores Wednesday

Shortage of bags occurred while bags were redesigned.

Engineer Vincent J. DeNave, currently serving as the acting administrator, said residents can expect large kitchen green bags back in stores by Wednesday.

B&B Disposal, the borough's waste management vendor, has had to redesign the bags twice because of various flaws. According to DeNave, "the first bag that was used was larger, 42 gallons, but [they didn't have] pleats. It wouldn't fit over the 30-gallon pail, it kept falling in."

DeNave said B&B ordered a new 30-gallon bag with pleats. They fit inside the cans, but only held about 23 gallons of trash when full.

"What we decided to do was to look at a combination of the two. We sat down with B&B," DeNave said, and came up with a "hybrid" offering the best of both bags.

The new bags will be provided by Waste Zero. They will be 42 gallons large with pleats, offering a capacity of about 30 gallons. "It's going to fit over the opening to the can," DeNave said, "[but] it will be a little bit longer, so a little bit of that bag's going to sit in the bottom."

DeNave said the large bags have not come in yet, and the delay has caused a shortage in supplying retailers. "They [the bags] just finished getting printed," DeNave said, "and they'll be there at the stores by Wednesday morning."

Smaller bags holding 15 gallons will still be available for purchase. According to Administrative Assistant Janice Piccolo, the price for the bags will remain constant at $7.10 for 15-gallon bags and $13.60 for 30-gallon bags.

The new bags will have a slightly darker color, but will also be more transparent, DeNave said. They will also require twist-ties, which are sold in each box of trash bags.

Because Chatham Borough participates in a Pay-As-You-Throw program, residents can only use these approved bags to dispose of their non-recyclable waste.

Bags can be purchased at , and .

Julia May 16, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Thank goodness the Township has NOT adopted this horrible garbage system! It was one of the reasons we moved OUT of the borough...I remember going to the town hall meetings before this system was put into place. The place was packed! Standing room only with everyone not wanting this to be put into place. Of course local government decided what was best for us, so we got the green bags. Horrible system all around and now they're having problems with the bags themselves. Move to the township where life is good and you get to put garbage out as you please.
Chatsum May 16, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I like this bag system. I pay much less now than I used to before.
llbxy May 16, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I like it too. Makes you really think about reducing the amount you throw away.
Jane M June 16, 2013 at 05:00 PM
This "plan" is ridiculous. We did not appreciate being strong armed into this horrible idea. I do not think it makes you reduce what you throw away. If you are a consumer, you buy what you buy and throw away what you don't need. I among going to keep things around the house just because I do not want to pay to discard them. I believe there may have been some funny business going on with the city, since hardly anyone wanted this system, but it seems we were forced into it.

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