Rumors spread last week on social media regarding Manchester Township’s contracting with a new recycling company that was changing the policies for sizes of cans they would service.
A resident claimed that Public Works told him a lower bidding contractor who would no longer pick up recycling containers larger than 32-gallons had been chosen.
Some residents – who have been using larger containers until now – were very irate.
Mayor Rob Arace, with whom TLS confirmed, clarified that there had been no change to a new company or policies of pickup.
“Manchester has been with the same company since 2016,” Arace said. “They are in the middle of their third contract.”
He felt the container size confusion resulted from the company not enforcing the container guidelines consistently.
The source of the confusion regarding switching to a new company seems to be that the familiar contractor, Solterra Recycling Solutions, was bought out by Teaneck-based Interstate Waste Solutions in 2022.
Manchester Public Works confirms that the limit has always been 32 gallons or less, and residents with containers larger than that should switch to smaller ones as soon as possible to avoid interruption.