County recycling equipment bids more than budgeted

Bids were opened Tuesday at the Lycoming County commissioners’ planning meeting for single-stream recycling equipment that is planned to be installed at the county landfill in Montgomery.

The equipment would allow a wide range of recyclable materials to be dropped off at the county’s facilities and sorted mechanically on-site.

Two bids were opened, including proposals from Green Machine Sales, of Hampstead, N.H., and Industries Machinex, of Plessisville, Quebec, Canada.

While the county budgeted about $4.25 million for the entire project, both bids came in higher. Green Machine Sales was the apparent low bidder at $4.55 million. Industries Machinex’s proposal was $6.67 million.

Both companies indicated that it may take about one year to complete installation.

County commissioners have said that private waste haulers should be given the opportunity to pick up their customers’ recyclables and get paid for them instead of taxpayer funded curbside pickup.

In addition, commissioners anticipate single-stream recycling to save more space in the landfill and provide more convenience to residents.

Commissioners will review an agreement at their Thursday meeting for hydraulic excavator accessories for landfill equipment at a price of $184,334 from Best Line Equipment.

A proposal for scheduled maintenance and emergency repairs to landfill field equipment from Link-Belt Construction Equipment Co. also will be considered.

Two new members of the county’s Local Emergency Planning Committee are expected to be appointed at Thursday’s meeting – Darla Krotzer and Jessica Knittle.