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A new provider will be collecting trash and recyclables in McKeesport and North Huntingdon Twp. beginning Jan. 1.
Rostraver Twp.-based County Hauling was awarded a four-year contract by North Huntingdon commissioners on Sept. 18, replacing Waste Management, and a one-year contract by McKeesport city council on Nov. 6, replacing Big's Sanitation.
In both cases, officials from the municipalities said County Hauling was the lowest responsible bidder. The company is a subsidiary of Noble Environmental Inc. of Pittsburgh, which also owns the Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill near Monessen. Noble purchased the landfill in 2016 from Tervita, a Canadian company.
“We are a growing, locally owned company,” County Hauling spokeswoman Ro Rozier said in a prepared release. “We are thrilled to be able to provide service to McKeesport and many other communities in Allegheny, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.”
In some cases, collection days are changing, Rozier said. The company has purchased additional trucks and local employees have been hired to staff the new routes, she said.
Residents in each municipality should have received a letter explaining the change, Rozier said.
Anyone who has questions about the switch may call County Hauling at (724) 929-7694, extension 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, she said.
McKeesport: Monday and Tuesday collections
A recycling schedule has not yet been released.
Trash collection will happen weekly and many streets in McKeesport --- including most of the numbered streets, which stretch from Downtown to Christy Park --- will be collected on Mondays.
The following streets in McKeesport will be collected on Tuesdays:
5th Avenue (2200-2800 blocks only), Anderson, Arnold, Auberle, Barnsdale, Bartwood, Beckman, Bennett, Bowman, Boyd, Boyle, Brownlee, Camp, Center, Chester, Cliff, Craig (addresses from 900-1150), Cronemeyer, Dalton, Delaware, DeSota, Dewees, Diehl, Dry, Dunn, East, Eden Park, Elizabeth, Elm, Fawcett, Fayette, Ford, Forest, Franklin, Freeland, Freemont (1100 block only), Gas, Gordon, Greenwood, Halsey, Hartman, Heather, Hershey, Highland, Highland Ave. Extension, Hillview, Howe, Idaho, Ivy, James, Jefferson, Jersey, King, Leech, Lemon, Lime, Lindberg, Long, Maplewood, Mayfair, McArthur, McCleary, McIntosh, Miller, Monongahela, N. Grandview, N. Patterson, Nessley, Nimitz, Oakland, Oakwood, Ohio, O'Neil, Oriole, Oxford, Palm, Park, Patterson (1000 block only), Peterson, Pirl (addresses from 600-1199), Porter, Reba, Reed, Ripple, Sarah, Shields, Summit, Sylvan, Third, Wainwright, Walnut, Washington, Woodward.
Collections will be delayed by one day if one of the following holidays — New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas — falls on the day before the scheduled collection day, County Hauling said.
Garbage and recycling cans should be placed curbside the night before the scheduled collection, and no later than 6 a.m. on the day of collection, the company said.
County Hauling will pick up one bulk item --- stoves, mattresses, couches --- per collection for McKeesport customers. Customers who have more than one bulk item must call County Hauling prior to collection.
Refrigerators will only be accepted if the freon has been removed and if there is a visible sticker certifying that the chemical has been safely removed.
All customers should call County Hauling directly in case of missed trash pickups or other problems, the company said.
McKeesport residents pay for trash collection in their $75 quarterly municipal service fee. Senior citizens pay $60 per quarter.
E-waste recycling for North Huntingdon residents
North Huntingdon residents will pay $49.62 per quarter to County Hauling for waste and recycling collection. Senior citizens pay $46.95. Door-side pickup also can be arranged for an additional $22 per month.
A company spokesperson said that any "senior stickers" purchased from Waste Management will no longer be valid, and new stickers will have to be purchased from County Hauling by calling (724) 929-7694, extension 2, or by visiting the township offices, 11279 Center Hwy., during business hours.
North Huntingdon residents also will have access to County Hauling’s hazardous waste collection program.
The program allows residents to get curbside pickup of old televisions, air conditioners, small refrigerators, fluorescent light bulbs, lawn and garden chemicals, pool chemicals, car batteries, laptop computers, phones, cleaning products, paint and many other hard-to-recycle items.
To register for pickup of hazardous or electronic waste, North Huntingdon residents should call County Hauling or email email@example.com.
Explosives, ammunition, large appliances, medical waste, tires, compressed gas cylinders and fire extinguishers cannot be accepted in the program, County Hauling said.
Originally published December 30, 2019.