Some Bridgeville residents are still having problems with the borough’s garbage contractor not picking up cardboard left out for recycling.
This was an issue last winter, too, when some residents complained that Waste Management was leaving flattened cardboard sitting on the curb.
A Waste Management supervisor said that the company can only accept flattened cardboard pieces no larger than 14-inches by 14-inches.
But some residents think that Waste Management’s workers may be overly finicky sometimes.
“I’m definitely under [14×14],” Bridgeville resident Eric Schmidt told council last week. “I’ll crush them and cut them up some more, but it seems like once a month, there’s garbage left in my driveway because they didn’t take it.”
Council President Michael Tolmer spoke for many residents when he raised a crucial question about the 14×14 rule.
“How big is a case of beer?,” he asked.
“It’s bigger than 14×14,” said councilman Neil Lyons.
That’s true. Some of those thin, paper-like 12-packs might be less than 14-inches wide, but for 24-packs or anything with heavy cardboard, you’ll likely have to put in some work to get it under Waste Management’s limit.
And that extra effort probably deserves a beer.
Here’s a link to the Waste Management’s rules for recycling.