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.
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