Tallmadge -- City Council may consider allowing the city to contract with one trash and recycling hauler instead of two, to save residents money.
To lower customers' bills from $14.68 to $12.95 per month, Mayor Dave Kline would like to "piggy back" on the city of Barberton's public bid for a four-year contract with Republic Services, which would allow Tallmadge to take advantage of better pricing than it would get by going out to public bid by itself.
Ninety-seven percent of households in the city have Republic, while the remaining 3 percent use Huth Rubbish Service.
The city's contract with Republic is set to expire at the end of the year, and after serving customers in Tallmadge for five years, no more contract extensions are available, Kline said. If the city doesn't go in on Barberton's bid, then it would have to start the bidding process again on its own, which might result in a price increase for Tallmadge residents.
Kline said the switch to one hauler makes sense.
"You get a better rate because we can now negotiate a lower price because [the hauler now has] the entire city … ," he said.
"[The proposed monthly price decrease] isn't a lot, but the nice thing is that it's not going up," he added.
REWORKS, formerly the Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority, awards the city about $5,000 in grant money each year to use for something related to recycling, such as electronics recycling drives and leaf collection in the fall. If the city makes recycling mandatory for all residential customers through Republic or another company, Kline said the amount of the grant would increase to $15,000 per year -- more money to invest in the community.
If Council approves the change, the switch to Republic citywide would be effective Jan. 1, 2014. The transition should be "seamless" because the majority of the city is using the hauler now anyway, Kline said.
Each customer would receive trash carts with a 96-gallon capacity, and larger recycling bins on wheels that accommodate 65 gallons of recyclables would replace the smaller carry-out bins that sit on the ground. Trash and recyclables pick up would remain at once a week.
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