SHEFFIELD, Pa. – At the end of the year, the recycling program in Sheffield Township will be no more.
That decision was made official at the Sheffield Township Supervisors meeting on Monday, with money being the key issue.
“Our costs have gone from $2,800 in 2015 to almost $5,800 this year,” said Chairman Jay Fitch. “That’s the major problem we’re having right now.”
It’s a problem not just in Sheffield, but in other townships across Warren County as well.
“We’ve decided to cut it from our budget,” Fitch said. “I’m sure the county is going to come up with some sort of plan, because all the other townships are getting rid of their programs also.”
Pleasant Township ended its recycling program in August, and cited an increase usage charge due to Glade Township ending its recycling as one of the primary reasons.
Sheffield Township residents wishing to still recycle will now have the option of driving to Advanced Disposal on Route 6 in Pittsfield, roughly a 27-mile drive from the borough itself.
“I hate to see it go, but the fact of the matter is you have to pay for it,” said Supervisor Robin Copley.
Fitch didn’t rule out the program coming back in the future.
“I’m not saying it won’t ever come back, but right now, it’s not in the budget,” he said.