SOLID WASTE / SEWER

Collection of normal household waste and garbage will be performed by Charles Blosenski Disposal Company in accordance with Chapter 20 of the Code of Ordinances. Trash containers must be placed at the curb for collection, but not before 4:00 p.m. the day prior to collection. Uncollected trash must be removed from the curb. When a holiday occurs on your scheduled collection day, please refer to the borough calendar for the revised schedule.

Collection Schedule:

2017 Holiday Schedule

 

Trash Collection

Charles Blosenski Disposal Company is your trash collector.  The collection days are Monday for the south side, and Tuesday for the north side.  Recycling collection is Tuesday for both sides. You will receive a quarterly billing from the borough.  Invoices are payable to Royersford Borough in person at Borough Hall or online at www.royersfordborough.org.  No payments will be taken by phone.  If you have any problems with your trash or recycling collection please contact Charles Blosenski Disposal Company at 610-942-2480.  If you do not get a resolution to your trash or recycling concern please call Borough Hall at 610-948-3737. 

For your reference listed below are the trash regulations:

No more than six trash cans/bags per week for collection.

All receptacles shall be waterproof with lids and not exceed in capacity 32 gallons.

The borough will offer one (1) bulk item per month your last pickup day of the month. Please do not break apart your bulk item.

Trash needs to be placed at the curb no later than 6AM on your designated trash day.

Where any such rubbish is too bulky to be placed in a proper receptacle, it must be disassembled, broken or cut up as much as practicable and placed on the curb on the prescribed collection day.  All such rubbish shall be securely tied, where applicable, and such size that the longest dimension thereof shall not exceed four (4) feet.  Such bundles or packages shall be of a size and construction so as to permit ease of handling by one man.

The following items will not be picked up for trash:

Tires, televisions, construction material, refrigerators, air conditioners, or automotive parts.

Charles Blosenski Disposal Company offer additonal bulk trash services to residents on an as needed basis. Please refer to the link below for the fee schedule. Fee Schedule

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE & TIRE COLLECTION PROGRAM

AND PAPER SHREDDING EVENT

Please see the links below for the 2017 Collection locations:

2017 Household Hazardous Waste Event

2017 Shredding Event

2017 Tire Collection Event

Please see the links below for proper disposal of latex paint and prescription drugs:

Latex Paint Disposal

Prescription Drugs Disposal

 

RECYCLING

The Borough of Royersford contracts with Charles Blosenski Disposal Company to provide once a week (Tuesday) recycling service to residents. The Borough’s recycling program is a commingled curbside collection program, meaning that all recyclables may be mixed together in your green recycling bin.

Please see the link below for items that can be recycled:

Royersford Borough Recycling Program

 

SEWER BILLING

The amount of your sewer bill is based on the number of residential or commercial units on your property, flat rate, or the volume of water consumption as metered by Pennsylvania American Water Company. Excessive water consumption caused by watering lawns, washing cars and driveways or leaking plumbing fixtures will be reflected in higher sewer bills.

Sewer bills are mailed during the first week of January, April, July and October. Payments may be made by mail, online, or in person at the Borough Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., weekdays. Payments after hours can be deposited in the drop box located in the front vestibule of the Municipal Building.

You can pay your sewer/trash invoice using:

 

Pay Online

 

NOTICE

 

The Borough of Royersford has initiated a program to reduce groundwater and stormwater infiltration into the Sanitary Sewer System.  The primary source of the infiltration is through cracks in the sewer piping and illegal stormwater connections.  Sump pumps, foundation, floor and area drains, and downspout connections to the Sanitary System are illegal and results in increased treatment costs.  The Borough approach to eliminating this problem will be as follows:

 

 

Beginning in November, 2012, the Borough has contracted with a firm to install a liner in approximately 3400 feet of sewer main in various sections of the Borough.  Residents will be given one week notice of when the work will be done on their street with instructions for water use restrictions on the day of installation.  All work will be done in one day.  Workers will also place door hangers on the resident’s doors 24 hours prior to the work commencing.  Please note that the liner will temporarily emit a chemical smell during installation.  PLEASE DO NOT BECOME ALARMED; THIS IS NORMAL.

 

Also beginning the week of December 15, 2014, the Borough has contracted with a firm to perform a sewer system study to locate stormwater sources that may be connected to the Borough’s sanitary sewer system. Connections such as catch basins, open clean outs, roof drains, as well as broken pipes will be located by “smoke testing.” The testing is performed to insure the integrity of the sanitary sewer system and identify sources of clear water inflow and infiltration. The testing will be performed on sanitary sewer manholes that are typically located in the streets or in easements near your residence. NON-TOXIC AND NON-STAINING white smoke is inserted into the sanitary sewer system by means of a smoke generating device. During the test, smoke will be observed emitting from the manhole covers. PLEASE DO NOT BECOME ALARMED; THIS IS NORMAL.

 

Smoke could enter your home if you have a dry trap within the premises. This may be a basement floor drain or some unused plumbing fixture, i.e., an old sink or shower stall that is seldom used. Pouring water down these drains and/or seldom used fixtures prior to smoke testing will help assure that smoke does not enter your dwelling. A plumbing defect within the home may also allow smoke to enter. The homeowner may want to address this plumbing defect since sewer gas and odors sometimes develop in the sewer system and could possibly enter the home through this defect.

 

In the unlikely event that smoke enters your home, DO NOT BE ALARMED.  Open windows and doors to ventilate the home and contact the people outside performing the some testing.  They will try to assist you in locating the source that allowed smoke to enter your home.

 

While the Borough will render all possible cooperation, the correction of any defects in the pipes and sewer on private property is the responsibility of the owner.  The services if a professional plumber are advised.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Borough Office.

 

STORM WATER MANAGEMENT

MS4 STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Phase II NPDES Storm Water Regulations,

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System

Under the 1987 Clean Water Act Amendments, the U.S. EPA developed new storm water regulations to address storm water that might impact water quality. These new regulations are set up in two phases depending upon population, Phase I, which is already instituted, affected Allentown and Philadelphia and now U.S. EPA, throught the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is enforcing the Phase II portion of the regulation. There are about 1,000 municipalities in Pennsylvania that fall under the Phase II requirements. Those municipalities that are located within an "urbanized area" as defined by the 1990 Census and the 2000 Census were required to apply for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge storm water from their municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). Because Royersford Borough lies within the urbanized area of Philadelphia, the Borough is affected.

To meet the new requirements the Borough submitted a permit application to DEP in 2003. The permit period runs for five (5) years. The permit application is basically an action plan for the Borough to institute six requirements called minimum control measures (mcm): 1. Public Education, 2. Public Participation, 3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, 4. Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control, 5. Post-Construction Storm Water Management in New Development and Redevelopment, and 6. Pollution Prevention/Good Houskeeping for Municipal Operations Maintenance. The Borough will have five years to put these protocols into effect, however certain protocols must be completed earlier than others.

There are a number of MS4 materials that are found on the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection website at www.dep.state.pa.us and on EPA website at http://www.epa.gov to increase your knowledge of storm water issues.

Want to help prevent storm water pollution? Here are a few tips:

  1. Properly dispose of hazardous substances, never pour them down any part of the storm sewer system.
  2. Report discharges from storm water outfalls during dry weather; a sign that there could be a problem.
  3. Look for signs of pollutants leaving construction sites in storm water. Report poorly managed construction sites.
  4. Store materials that could pollute storm water indoors.
  5. For outdoor storage, use containers that do not rust.
  6. Pick up after pets and properly dispose of their waste.
  7. Install rain barrels or rain gardens to capture storm water.
  8. Use pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides properly and efficiently to prevent excess runoff.

 

WINTER DEICING TIPS FOR RESIDENTS

Excess salt and other deicing chemicals can contaminate soil and harm vegetation, as well as harm aquatic life in streams.  Traditional deicing chemicals can also cause corrosion on driveways and can be harmful to pets.  This winter, follow these snow removal tips to help protect the environment, your property and your pets: