By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport City Council could make a decision at its July 27 meeting on the city’s new trash collection contract.
Groveport City Administrator B.J. King recommended council contract with Local Waste Services, which submitted the lowest bid, for trash and recycling collection services at a cost of $19.20 per month. This option, if approved by council, would renew the same existing trash and recycling collection program with Local Waste Services for the city’s 2,300 trash customers.
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. The existing contract with Local Waste Services expires Dec. 31.
Mayor Lance Westcamp noted the city has used Local Waste Services for trash pick-up for the past 10 years.
City officials conducted on online community survey for citizens’ to express their opinions on which trash collection option they prefer.
The survey, which ended May 29, included an explanation of the bidding process and a breakdown of the proposed service options. According to city officials, there were 269 responses to the survey with 50.1 percent wanting to maintain the existing “status quo” trash pick-up plan and 28.6 percent preferring a combination of the existing plan with the addition of a 64 gallon wheeled recycling cart.