State trash deal means more cash for Harrisburg

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HARRISBURG , Pa. – Harrisburg and the Pennsylvania Department of General Services reach a new deal for trash service that will increase revenue for the City by more than $600,000 annually.

“I would like to thank DGS for working with the city to comply with the new sanitation rate schedule that was established in 2013 as part of the City’s recovery plan,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.  “We couldn’t have done this without the support of Governor Wolf, Secretary Topper and other state officials.”

For decades, the city provided sanitation services to all 33 buildings of the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg.  The city, however, had not reassessed the cost or volume of sanitation services to state buildings since contracts were established under the Reed Administration.

Upon taking office in 2014, Mayor Papenfuse embarked on an audit of all city sanitation accounts.  This review also helped to establish a new agreement for sanitation services with the Harrisburg School District last year.  It is expected the city-wide audit will be completed by the end of 2016.

“Our Bureau of Facilities worked closely with City Sanitation Director David West to carefully evaluate all of the state’s sanitation accounts in Harrisburg,” said Julien Gaudion, DGS Deputy Secretary for Property and Asset Management. “We are pleased to work with the City of Harrisburg to update a more than six-year-old service agreement for our sanitation accounts and, in the process, ensure the city receives the revenue necessary to properly provide this important service.”

The new agreement, which is retroactive to April 1, 2016, provides an estimated $77,000 in monthly revenue from services to state-owned buildings.  The revenue more than doubles what the city now receives from its more than six-year-old sanitation contract with the state.

As part of the new agreement, the city agreed to upgrade its fleet of sanitation trucks and purchase trucks to improve service.

A Memorandum of Understanding to memorializing the agreement will be introduced to Harrisburg City Council at its regular legislative session on Tuesday.


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