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What will happen if I don't comply with curbside collection?
By how much will my fees increase?
What will be the cost to receive Rear-Yard Collection?
I currently have a 30-gallon container. Can I increase the size of my container to reduce my 2014 subscription level?
Are there any incentives to reduce trash disposal?
If I don't want to change my level of service, do I need to return the subscription form?
Why are my fees going to change?
When will I choose my subscription level for 2014?
How do I dispose of motor oil?
How do I dispose of leaves?
Where can residents purchase leaf bags?
Do you have an indoor swimming pool?
Where do I obtain working papers for minors?
Where do I renew a license or car registration?
How do I find out about crime statistics for my neighborhood or about a neighborhood that I am considering moving into in the Township?
I want to become a Lower Merion Township Police Officer, how do I go about this?
Do you have any parks where my dog can be off leash?
Are there any public boat launches in the Township?
Are dogs allowed off-leash in any parks?
What forms of payment do you accept?
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Q: What will happen if I don't comply with curbside collection?
A: Households that do not subscribe to Rear Yard Collection will be required to place their trash at the curbside, which is within five-feet of the curb line. If you fail to do so, you will be given a notice of violation. Violations beyond two violation notices will result in automatically being charged and separately billed the full annual $210 RYCF.
Q: By how much will my fees increase?
A: This answer depends on the level of service you subscribe to receive.  Please review the following information carefully to help you make an informed decision.

This chart outlines the different fees to be charged.  The basic one-container subscription will increase by $15 annually, from $277 to $292.  Each additional container will cost an additional $58.

If you currently place your refuse/recycling for collection at the curb, no further fees will be incurred.

Solid Waste Fee Subscriptions 2013 Fees 2014 Fees Annual Increase
1 Mini-Can (20-gallon container)
$195
$205
$10
1 Container (up to 45-gallons)  
$277
$292
$15
2 Containers
$332
$350
$18
3 Containers
$387
$408
$21
4 Containers
$442
$466
$24
5 Containers
$497
$524
$27
6 Containers
$552
$582
$30
7 Containers
$607
$640
$33
8 Containers
$662
$698
$36
Rear Yard Collection Fee
$200
$210
$10
Q: What will be the cost to receive Rear-Yard Collection?
A: Customers who prefer to place their refuse/recycling further than five-feet from the curb line will now be required to subscribe to this service. The cost to receive rear yard collection will be an additional $210 annually, effective January 1, 2014.

Citizens who currently receive rear-yard collection may opt to discontinue this level of service to avoid the $210 fee.

Customers who do not subscribe to rear-yard collection will be required to place their trash for collection at the curb line. Rear-yard trash containers will not be collected without a subscription for this enhanced level of service.
Q: I currently have a 30-gallon container. Can I increase the size of my container to reduce my 2014 subscription level?
A: The Township will accept up to a 45-gallon container (weighing up to 50 pounds) for collection. Citizens whose current containers are smaller than 45-gallons may be able to reduce their subscription level and subsequent fees by purchasing the maximum capacity container. Each household should carefully consider the subscription level and container size that works best for them. Remember: regardless of size, no container can contain more than 50 pounds of refuse/recycling.
Q: Are there any incentives to reduce trash disposal?
A: Charging increased fees for each container set out for collection is an incentive for citizens to decrease the amount of waste generated at their household. A further incentive to reduce trash disposal was the creation of the new “mini-can” option. This option is available only to subscribers whose one-container level of service is a maximum 20-gallon capacity. The “mini-can” subscription level would actually lower the annual fee to $205 for those choosing that option.

There is no limit to the amount of recycling you can place for collection.
Q: If I don't want to change my level of service, do I need to return the subscription form?
A: It is encouraged, but not required.  Since the Township is not implementing any service changes in 2014, it is not necessary for all solid waste collection customers to return the subscription form.  However, due to the new fee schedule for 2014, residents should take this opportunity to reassess their choices and report their subscription levels to the Township.
Q: Why are my fees going to change?
A:

In 2010, the Township restructured its solid Waste Fee (SWF) to full cost recovery and added a new $200 Rear Yard Collection Fee (RYCF).  The 2010 SWF's were unchanged in 2011 & 2012.  

However, in recent years the recycling materials market has been volatile creating unfavorable revenue performance on the resale of mixed paper and increasing costs for the disposal of comingled recyclables.   In addition, the State has reduced its recycling performance grant funding by 40% and natural revenue growth of customer subscriptions has been flat.  The combination of these factors required a +9% fee increase in 2013 (except for RYCF), which provided new additional net revenue ($0.5 million) to balance the Solid Waste Fund revenue and expenditures. 

The Township is projecting a need for new additional net revenue (0.3 million) in 2014, which will be realized with a blended +5.4 % rate increase to all subscription levels, including the RYCF.

Q: When will I choose my subscription level for 2014?
A: The 2014 subscription form is at the bottom of the subscription letter mailed to customers in early November. Selections must be made and returned by December 20, 2013 and are effective January 1, 2014.
Q: How do I dispose of motor oil?
A: While the Township does not accept motor oil for recycling, the following service stations will do so: Haliman Sunoco, Woodside & Lancaster Avenues, Ardmore; Fritsch’s Exxon, Montgomery & Woodside Avenues, Ardmore; Mike’s Amoco, 500 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford; Laird’s Gulf, 949 Montgomery Avenue, Narberth; and Plisinski Citgo, 1227 Lancaster Avenue, Rosemont.
Q: How do I dispose of leaves?
A: Leaves must be placed at the curb in biodegradable paper bags only for weekly collection on your normal collection day. Plastic bags not accepted. You may purchase the biodegradable brown paper bags from your local hardware stores or the Transfer Station at the Public Works Complex on Woodbine Avenue. The charges for the leaf bags are $0.49 per bag or $24.50 for 50 bags (plus tax). Leaves are not to be raked, blown, or dumped in Township parks or properties, additionally leaves from residents' property are not to be raked or blown into the street.
Q: Where can residents purchase leaf bags?
A: Leaf bags can be purchased for .49 cents a bag plus tax, and $24.50 for 50 bags plus tax, at the Township’s Transfer Station, which is located at the Koegel Public Works Complex in Penn Valley, 610-667-1952 or at local hardware and home centers.
Q: Do you have an indoor swimming pool?
A: The Lower Merion Aquatic Club operates an indoor pool at Lower Merion High School. For more information, please contact the pool at 610-645-1889 or www.lowermerionaquaticclub.com
Q: Where do I obtain working papers for minors?
A: Lower Merion High School Main Office, 315 E Montgomery Avenue, Ardmore PA 19003, or call the Main Office at 610-645-1810.
Q: Where do I renew a license or car registration?
A:

The department cannot renew either, please contact a tag service, AAA or the PennDOT Website for assistance.

Q: How do I find out about crime statistics for my neighborhood or about a neighborhood that I am considering moving into in the Township?
A:

The department publishes an annual report that provides a complete breakdown of a wide variety of incidents reported to the police.  These reports are available at all public libraries and at the Public Safety Building, or on-line. 

Q: I want to become a Lower Merion Township Police Officer, how do I go about this?
A: The department typically conducts a recruitment test every other year. The most recent recruitment campaign was completed in January 2013.  The next anticipated recruitment campaign will take place in 2015.  Inquiries about future recruitment efforts can be made by calling 610-645-6250.
Q: Do you have any parks where my dog can be off leash?
A: Yes, but a permit is required.  Please follow this link to more information reguarding our off leash dog program
Q: Are there any public boat launches in the Township?
A: Yes, at Flat Rock Park in Gladwyne. A permit is required to launch motorized boats, including personal watercraft (PWC) from the park’s boat launch. Go to the Flat Rock Park Boating Facilities page for more information or contact the Parks & Recreation Department office at 610-645-6220.
Q: Are dogs allowed off-leash in any parks?
A: Lower Merion Township and Narberth Borough residents may purchase off-leash permits to exercise their dogs off-leash in designated areas of Rolling Hill Park in Gladwyne and West Mill Creek Park in Penn Valley. Go to the Off-Leash Dog Program page for more information or contact the Parks & Recreation Department office at 610-645-6220.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: We accept cash, money order and checks payable to Treasurer, Township of Lower Merion.
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