By Rick Palsgrove
There could be some changes on how trash is collected in Groveport when the time comes for the next trash service contract.
The city of Groveport is working with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) to put together a new bid package for trash collection and recycling. Bids will go out in the spring and the trash contract will be awarded in June 2020 with commencement of services on Jan. 1, 2021.
“We could have a different trash collection company,” said Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall about the process. “Absolutely nothing has been decided about the next trash collection contract by Groveport City Council. The current contract is up Dec. 31, 2020. This is a lengthy process which is why discussions are starting now. The city is part of a group of communities that bid for the services together in order to receive less expensive prices.”
Andrew Booker of SWACO said his organization provides contract assistance for a consortium of communities (including Groveport) to help leverage trash collection contracts for better prices.
Groveport City Council directed Hall and SWACO representatives to include options for “volume based trash collection” trash carts as well as recycling carts in the bid.
Under volume based trash collection, residents would select a wheeled trash cart size of 35 gallons, 64 gallons, or 96 gallons based on their trash disposal needs.
“You would have to pick the correct size trash cart for you, you would not be able to use other trash cans,” said Hall.
According to SWACO, the different sizes would enable residents to pay different prices based on how much trash they put out to the curb. It also encourages waste diversion from trash cans through recycling and yard waste collection.
The new trash carts could be emptied by semi-automated or automated trash trucks.
“Waste collection is a dangerous field,” said Booker. “This would allow workers to stay in the truck while collecting trash.”
The cost for the trash carts is still to be determined as well as whether the carts would be purchased or rented.
As part of the bid, the city would pay $16,147 to buy 64 gallon wheeled recycling carts for residents to use.
According to Hall and Booker, bulk pick up and yard waste collection would continue as it does now.
“We’re hoping to make people aware of the kinds of trash they are putting to the curb,” said Booker. “We want to be good stewards. About 8 million pounds of trash is dumped in the landfill every day. The landfill has an expected life span of 42 years and we’d like to double its life to 84 years. A lot of things can be recycled and other usable items can be donated for reuse rather than dumped in a landfill.”
SWACO has recycling bins for residents to use in Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport Road.