Curbside recycling coming to Pickerington

Curbside recycling will come to Pickerington, but only to those who choose to pay for it.

Rumpke provided the lowest bid for trash collection at $9.39 per month. Residents may choose to pay $21.35 if they desire curbside recycling as well.

Currently residents pay $11.86 per month with Waste Management. The city’s seven-year run with Waste Management will end Sept. 30.

At the Pickerington City Council meeting on Aug. 19, councilman Brian Wisniewski cast the lone "nay" vote against approving a contract with Rumpke. He said he wanted the Pickerington staff to ask other cities if they have been pleased with Rumpke’s service. The result of the research would determine how he will vote on the ordinance’s remaining two readings.

"A number of us have received requests from residents pleading with us not to choose Rumpke because of their experiences in other communities," Wisniewski said. "We are within our rights to check into the experiences of other communities.  I just want to know we are not going down in service."

Councilman Michael Sabatino said Waste Management had "set a pretty high standard" with its same-day response to complaints, however Rumpke had promised to do the same. 

The Waste Management quote was $5.02 higher than Rumpke’s.

"Waste Management has provided excellent customer service," Sabatino said, "but we’d all get lynched if we went for something $5 more."

City Manager Tim Hansley said Pickerington must award the contract to the lowest bidder unless the bids are within a few pennies of each other.  In the case of a tie, other factors such as service and Better Business Bureau ratings may be considered.

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