During the 2014 Budget review process, several alternatives were discussed to balance a $42,000 shortfall in the refuse fund. The $42,000 shortfall is primarily the result of households that utilize the borough services for free pick up of bulky waste and recyclables, but do not purchase the Borough trash bags. The trash bag revenue funds these other waste disposal expenses including equipment (e.g. a trash truck costs approximately $200,000) and labor. When the 2014 budget was adopted On December 16, 2013, Council approved an annual charge of $12.00 per household beginning in 2014 to offset the shortfall. The fee is levied on all residential units, based on the number of electric meters on the property. An estimated 10% of households currently do not participate in the Borough “Pay-As-You-Throw” program yet do take advantage of the free collection of bulky waste and recycling, Council believes that the annual fee will result in sharing the cost of collecting all materials among all residents, regardless of their support of the Pay-As-You-Throw program. If you have any questions, please contact the Borough Administration at (215) 257-5065.