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Debate Over Privatizing Trash Collection in Moorestown Continues

One resident questioned the township's decision not to mandate drug testing and criminal background checks for private trash collectors. Other residents support the township.

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The privatization of trash collection in Moorestown continues to be a divisive issue.

During Monday night’s council meeting, a resident questioned the municipality’s decision to allow private work crews to work without undergoing drug testing of criminal background checks, the Burlington County Times reports.

Mayor Christopher Chiacchio said it wasn’t up to the township to mandate policies to a private company, according to the report.

The township hopes to save about $1.5 million over the next three years via a contract with Casworth Enterprises of Woodbury. That contract is being finalized, according to the report.

Sanitation collection currently costs the township about $1.3 million annually.

Other residents support the township’s decision to privatize trash collection, according to the report.

Bella Pelosi March 02, 2014 at 09:35 AM
For the same reasons the town required them of the employees and same as you do. To make sure people working on our behalf paid for with our tax dollars are not on drugs or alcohol. It's smart like you said to do it. No reason not to
Pete March 02, 2014 at 03:47 PM
I give up.............
sanlazarro12173 March 04, 2014 at 08:18 AM
Bella, maybe we should randomly drug and alcohol test council members, they are employees of the township. Also a full criminal/background check should be in order too. If it's good enough for just one employee, it's good enough for all.
Bella Pelosi March 04, 2014 at 08:35 PM
I agree. I am surprised it is not already done.
tolian212@yahoo.com March 14, 2014 at 06:54 AM
Picking up trash is a public safety concern? Common, it's enough of paranoia already.

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