Lansdale to distribute survey regarding trash service
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“People think intuitively, ‘No, I want to pick my own [hauler] because I can drive the best deal.’ Well, we’ve got urban density here and urban density can drive a deal” with interested hauling companies, Dunigan said.
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“Putting that report out there is what really turns this into what I think is our intention, which is to make this educational, so that we KDve D weOO LnIRrPeG puElic,” said Borough Manager Timi Kirchner.
Trash haulers make a pickup at the Stanbridge Apartments in Lansdale Thursday morning. Borough officials are working on a survey to determine whether hiring a single hauler for trash service is the right decision for Lansdale.