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Avalon OKs Deal With Trash Hauler

Posted May 23rd 2022

In advance of the summer season, Avalon Borough Council recently approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its private trash and recycling hauler, Gold Medal Environmental. The MOU included negotiable changes to the existing contract that were made in light of the impacts of inflation, fuel pricing, and labor issues.

Trash and recycling schedules for the Borough will be maintained, with twice weekly collection during the summer season, and once per week in the offseason. However, the MOU eliminates the requirement of Gold Medal to provide side yard return of disposal containers. Beginning May 1, containers will be placed curbside once emptied as opposed to property side yards.

Avalon will move forward with a new contract for bid during the fourth quarter of 2022, that will establish a new rate schedule to be budgeted for in the 2023 municipal plan, including optional pricing for side yard returns. While Gold Medal is working with a number of communities in Cape May County for similar adjustments, Avalon is the first contract to reach an agreement.

“Avalon was able to successfully negotiate this MOU with Gold Medal, and with the elimination of side yard return, the current collection schedule was preserved,” said Mayor Martin Pagliughi. “It puts the Borough in a strong position to plan for a new contract moving into 2023 with allowance to budget for the current inflation and fuel costs affecting many county communities.”

Avalon maintains a courtesy trash and recycling depot at the Public Works Yard at 15th Street and Dune Drive, open daily from 7am to 3pm. For more information on regulations and schedules, go to

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