City of Groveport considers its trash collection options

By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Groveport City Council is considering renewing its trash pick-up contract with Local Waste Services, however at a higher price for the 2,300 trash customers in the city.

Two companies, Local Waste Services and Rumpke, bid on the contract with Local Waste Services coming in with the lower bid. The current contract with Local Waste Services expires Dec. 31. Under this contract customers are paying $41.75 per quarter for trash pick-up. By renewing the contract under the same existing plan, the price with Local Waste Services would rise to $59.40 per quarter. Under the existing plan, customers are provided with a bin for recycling and they are able to use their own trash containers. Additionally, items placed out for trash pick-up, regardless if they are in a container, are collected. Pick-up includes the collection of trash, yard waste, recyclables, and bulk pick-up.

If the city opts to go with a 96 gallon trash cart option the price per quarter would be $56.40, with a 64 gallon cart it would be $53.40, and with a 48 gallon cart it would be $50.40. If a cart option (a cart is a two-wheeled trash can) is chosen, residents would receive one trash cart and one recycling cart per household. Recycling carts are all 64 gallons. Residents could rent additional carts for $2 each per month. Trash, yard waste, and recyclables would still be picked up, but all refuse must be placed in a cart to be collected.

“Our community is a recycling community,” said Groveport City Councilwoman Jean Ann Hilbert.

Andrew Booker of SWACO (Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio) said, “The bids came in where we thought they would. They’re competitive.”

According to Booker, the cart based option gives customers the choice of trash cart sizes, so a residence that does not generate a lot of trash can choose a smaller cart option with its corresponding price.

Booker said the cart option allows for the fully automated collection of trash.

“The driver doesn’t have to leave the truck,” said Booker, who also noted there is a shortage of trash truck drivers. “It’s faster service and more work can be done by fewer people. It’s more efficient.”

If the cart option is chosen, residents could no longer place their trash for pick-up in the city’s alleys because the automated trash trucks for this option are too big to fit in the alleys. All trash pick-ups would have to be made at the front of residences at curbside.

Booker said bulk collection would still be available.

“For example, one bulk item, like an old couch, is allowed per week,” said Booker, who added there will be other times of the year, such as around Christmas and the Fourth of July, when more bulk items can be picked up.

Mayor Lance Westcamp noted the city has used Local Waste Services for trash pick-up for the past 10 years.

“I think our residents like what we have now (regarding trash collection),” said Westcamp. “People are pleased with the service. My preference is to go with the status quo (existing plan).”

According to information provided by city officials, if the city goes with the cart refuse only collection, residents must go to a website to choose the size cart they want. The city would purchase the carts and they would be delivered to a location in the city for distribution. If the city also goes with the recycling carts, SWACO would purchase the carts and they, too, would be delivered to a location in the city for distribution.

City officials placed a survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9ZV98GC for residents to express their opinions on which trash collection option they prefer. An explanation of the bidding process and break down of the proposed service options is provided with the survey.

Council will discuss the trash contract further at its meeting on May 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.

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