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Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
Population: 28,000
Bottle Bill: No
Collection Method: Contractor
Funding: User Fees – Modified PAYT
Households Served: 8,045
Truck Type: Fully automated
Container Type: 35, 64 or 96 gallon carts for recycling and refuse
Materials Processing Facility: Single stream processing
Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania

Cranberry Township, in southwestern Butler County, is about 25 miles north of Pittsburgh. Incorporated in 1804, and named after the wild cranberries that grew in the area, Cranberry was chartered as a Township under Pennsylvania Municipal Code. Cranberry’s population of approximately 28,000 nearly doubled since 1990 with rapid growth partially due to its’ location at the intersection of I-76 (the Pennsylvania Turnpike) and other major routes including I-279, which opened in 1989 cutting travel time to Pittsburgh.

Cranberry Township offers weekly curbside refuse, recycling and yard waste collection to residents through contracted service provided by a single hauler. Four different haulers served residents with refuse and recycling collection until November 2004 when the Township contracted with Vogel Disposal, one of the state’s largest independent haulers, through a competitive bid process. In November 2009, Waste Management becomes the new contractor.

Households are billed quarterly for service according to the size of their refuse cart. Recycling and yard waste collection are included at no additional cost. Additional bags of refuse or bulky materials can be set out in addition to the refuse cart but only with pre-paid tags. Sewer and Water customers are billed for waste collection on their quarterly bill and all other customers are billed directly by the Township.

The new program has been very successful with a diversion rate of 47% measured in 2008. Households, on average, recycled 780 pounds of single stream recyclables (cardboard, newspaper, mixed paper, glass bottles, aluminum and steel cans, and plastic bottles and containers), and set out an average of 600 pounds of leaf and yard waste and Christmas trees and an average of 1940 pounds of refuse in 2008. One of the factors suspected to contribute to the high recycling rates includes an 80% owner occupancy rate.