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Sewer Disposal Method Change to Save Town $16M

Waste sludge will be transported to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission in Newark instead of being burned in town.

The township is expected to save $16 million by entering into a new agreement to dispose of its sewer waste through the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission.

The council approved the agreement at a meeting Wednesday.

Instead of burning waste sludge at the sewer treatment plant, it will be transported to the PVSC in Newark and incinerated there. Sludge is currently incinerated and the ash transported to Pennsylvania every two weeks. The plant is located near the Department of Public Works garage on Dey Road.

“This is a win for both the commission and the township and is another example of how shared services can work and save tax dollars,” said Mayor Chris Vergano.

The $16 million in savings stems from system upgrades the township would have been required to install at the treatment plant by 2016 due to new standards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The town had until 2014 to decide whether or not to make the switch, but officials examined the cost savings and decided to make the change now.

Robert Androsiglio, superintendent of the treatment plant, said the township hopes to start the new disposal process Jan. 1.

The town is expected to save $155,000 during the first year of the agreement.

Androsiglio said he expects the incinerator to be “mothballed” and not be used again once the new disposal process begins.

The PSVC operates the fifth largest wastewater treatment plant in the United States. 

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leanbean December 06, 2012 at 07:10 PM
They forgot to say what the upfront cost will be. To purchase the tankers and pumps to transport the sludge. Plus how many trips a week it will take? If I recall Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission was flooded out and shut down after Sandy came through.
Cat December 06, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Your photo is of the old Animal Shelter on Dey Road, NOT the sewage treatment plant
Scondo December 06, 2012 at 10:05 PM
In time of economic necessity it is nice to hear of a savings, because with the closing of Drake, I am sure there will be a further erosion of the tax base. Kudos to the town fathers for securing this savings.
Dead Hoffa December 06, 2012 at 10:37 PM
If we are going to eventually save $16M with first year savings of $155k I could really care less about upfront costs..... As for Sandy, are we now expecting "once in a lifetime" storms regularly?? Sounds like you were getting paid to work the incinerator....lol....
Justice December 07, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I imagine that the council has agreed to eliminate the $99.00 quarterly sewer charge to its' residents.
leanbean December 07, 2012 at 06:33 PM
It won't save a dime in taxes. It will save from the utility account. Which has nothing to do with taxes.
Joe videodummy December 07, 2012 at 07:36 PM
So now, the sewage plant is a community "septic tank", for which they are charging customer's a premium sewer rate to dispose of. Paying the "fig" to dump da dump.
Dead Hoffa December 07, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Great!....then it will save from the utility account........
the dude December 08, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Who said it would save taxes? It's nice to hear of savings. Savings...wherever..who is against that?
leanbean December 08, 2012 at 04:08 PM
@ The Dude, Your Mayor said it. " “This is a win for both the commission and the township and is another example of how shared services can work and save tax dollars,” said Mayor Chris Vergano "
leanbean December 08, 2012 at 07:44 PM
DUDE. The mayor did. read his comments
Charlies Angel December 10, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Wishful thinking!

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