Proposed Ordinances - Public Review and Comment

Ordinance 987

In response to public comment received, Borough Council, at their September 6th public meeting, made revisions to the proposed trash and recycling Ordinance 987.  This revision includes a two container limit for weekly trash collection compared to the originally proposed three container limit for trash collection. No other revisions were made to the proposed ordinance.  The ordinance, if enacted, will go into effect on January 1, 2019.

The revised proposed Ordinance will be advertised in the newspaper and considered for adoption at the September 20, 2018 public meeting of Borough Council.  Elizabethtown Borough is accepting written public comment via email at boro@etownonline.com or to Elizabethtown Borough, 600 S. Hanover Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.  Residents may also provide public comment at the public meeting on September 20th at 7pm at the Borough Office.

The full text of the proposed Ordinance is available for inspection between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Borough Office and by clicking on the following link: Ordinance 987.

Should you have questions about our current trash program and the service you are receiving or questions about the proposed ordinance, please contact the Elizabethtown Borough Office at 717-367-1700. 

Ordinance 987 Clarifications provided August 30, 2018

Elizabethtown Borough has advertised an ordinance outlining revisions to the current trash and recycling program to be effective 01-01-19.  Below are a few clarifications on the advertised ordinance.

- The ordinance revisions are in response to recycling changes implemented by LCSWMA, specifically the reduction of materials accepted for recycling to the “Big Four” (http://www.lcswma.org/lcswma_recycling.cfm). 

Currently Elizabethtown Borough has a hybrid pay-as-you-throw program that was designed to encourage recycling and keep trash collection costs as low as possible for residents.  With the new recycling regulations going into place, the ordinance revisions increase the amount of trash that is collected curbside at each residence.  This is intended for the convenience of residents, recognizing that each residence will likely be recycling less material and have more trash.

- Language has been added to the ordinance regarding penalties that can be applied to the hauler if the hauler is in violation of the contract terms, including specific items regarding customer service.  And, as with all Borough ordinances, there is also language regarding penalties should a residence not comply with specific items of the program (such as repeatedly utilizing a container that is too large in size, placing the trash out at the curb for longer periods of time than is permitted for collection days, or improper storage of trash and recycling on the property). 

- Residents are encouraged to use cans with lids to help keep the trash contained. This is not a revision to the program. The use or non-use of a lid is not included in the penalties section.

The penalty language is to provide the Borough with a means to address repeat offenders that cause the trash to not be collected (ex: a trash can too heavy to be lifted by the hauler), is repeatedly in excess of the amounts permitted by the program and the costs applied, or has property code enforcement issues with trash. 

Elizabethtown Borough has advertised the ordinance and is accepting public comments via email at boro@etownonline.com or written to Elizabethtown Borough, 600 S. Hanover Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.  Residents may also provide public comment at the public meeting on September 6th at 7pm at the Elizabethtown Borough Office.

Should you have questions about our current trash program and the service you are receiving or questions about the proposed ordinance, please contact the Elizabethtown Borough Office at 717-367-1700.