Unified trash collection could be coming to the village of Urbancrest.
At the Sept. 6 meeting, council approved legislation that would initiate the bidding process to bring a single hauler to the village.
Council and village administration have been trying to establish unified trash collection for several years.
"We’ve been looking at this for two or three years, but it wasn’t until recently that we were able to move forward," said councilman Kenneth Skeaton.
What jump-started the process was a meeting two months ago with a representative with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. The representative mentioned that Jackson Township and the city of Grove City were starting the bidding process for their own solid waste, yard waste and recycling collection.
Council asked if they could be involved in that process, which would enable them to get a sense of how much it would cost the village residents to have a single hauler. The village did not have to pay to be a part of the process.
While estimated fees are not known yet, law director Rodd Lawrence said with the hauling service size (it would incorporate the 12,200 or more households in Grove City), the village would likely see dramatic savings.
Currently, residents in Urbancrest are responsible for their own trash collection service. Skeaton said he is aware of five or six haulers that frequent the village with each having their own collection day.
Skeaton said having a unified trash collection would provide many benefits for the village. Those benefits, he said, include becoming more environmentally friendly as recycling would be a part of the collection service, having one trash day instead of three or four, and providing residents with lower trash collection payments.
Skeaton said if the village does not like the fees offered in the final bid, they will look at other options. He said they would hold another town meeting regarding this issue when more information on the bidding proposals is known.