Verona To Save $40K Under New Garbage Contract


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MyVeronaNJ-GarbageVerona stands to save $40,305.64 on its garbage disposal this year thanks to a new contract negotiated between the Essex County Utilities Authority and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced at a press conference yesterday that the total savings to Essex County’s 22 towns will be about $2.5 million in 2010.

We pay a so-called tipping fee to dump non-recyclable garbage at the Essex County Resource Recovery Facility in Newark, which is owned by the Port Authority. Under the last contract, the tipping fee for 2009 was $88.86 per ton. The new contract, which covers 2010 to 2014 cuts the tipping fee for 2010 to $82.11 per ton, a savings of $6.75 per ton. The ECUA did not release the exact rates for the subsequent years of the contract, but said that savings will continue because the tipping fees will remain lower than the 2009 rate.

Verona is actually one of the smallest savers under the new contract, but this is one of those instances were less is truly more: Towns that generate more garbage stand to have the greatest reduction in the overall costs.

Anticipated Annualized Savings for 2010


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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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