New recycling bins have some Ross residents riled

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Some Ross residents complained to commissioners Monday night about the 65-gallon recycling containers that have been distributed by Waste Management.

The upright green containers with bright yellow lids are replacing smaller, gray, laundry basket-type containers.

The new bins will enable collectors to pick up recycling items with a robotic arm without having to leave the truck.

Several neighboring municipalities, such as McCandless and Ohio Township, have similar systems with a different contractor.

"I don't need a 65-gallon can to do recycling. I'm looking at other options," said resident Pat Henry.

"I think it's going to be a nightmare in some areas. I think it will work in others."

Ms. Henry suggested the township have a central recycling center where residents who don't want to participate in the automated system can bring their recyclables.

"I would be willing to bring it up here if there was a recycling center like they do in European cities," she said.

John Dobranski, president of the Hiland Valley Town Homes Association, presented commissioners with a letter requesting that the condo complex be exempt from the automated recycling system.

Elderly residents live in some of the townhouses, and one resident is blind, he said. Some residents do not have garages.

Also, he said, some residents have to put the bins in the street for pickup and, since many work during the day, they can't retrieve them until evening. That will create dangerous driving situations, he said.

Waste Management is studying which streets are feasible for the automated recycling and which are not, commissioner Grant Montgomery said.

The matter will be discussed again with the company in July.

"I've had over 40 phone calls," he said. "It's a common topic."

In another matter, Mary Bozich and Tammy Dangelo of Clarion Avenue complained about neighborhood cats roaming free.

"They're coming in, destroying my property, my flowers. They are pooping in my yard, my flower beds," Ms. Bozich said.

Commissioner David Mikec said the cats can be classified as a nuisance if a resident catches one in a box trap.

Just pointing out a cat or taking its photo is not enough evidence to have it declared a nuisance. "You can't say, 'I saw it.' There's no DNA evidence," he said.

"They're not licensed, so you can't get a license number."

Traps can be rented through the township's animal control contractor, he said.

The township's code enforcement officer will look into the matter, and township solicitor Bonnie Brimmeier said she also will investigate.

In other matters:

• Commissioners approved a site plan for a bottle shop to sell six packs of micro-brewed beer, at 3225 Babcock Blvd.

• Approved a conditional use for Abel Air Conditioning and Heating to operate at 3115 Babcock Blvd.

Both were approved 8-0, with Peter Ferraro absent.

• Commissioners announced a Crime Watch meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the township building and a health fair and blood drive will be held at noon Saturday in the lower level of the Shoppes at Northway.


Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer:


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