By Katelyn Sattler
Obetz residents will see their garbage collection bills increase this next billing cycle as Obetz City Council approved legislation to increase the monthly residential trash and refuse collection rate.
Obetz City Administrator Rod Davisson said, “The city has been contracting with Waste Management for some time and now the contract is expiring and the pricing is horrendous. When shopping for new garbage collection services, companies wanted $25, $26 per month for less service with no bulk pickup. So, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that we had in our contract the ability to extend the Waste Management contract for three more years.”
The current rate for garbage pickup is $16 per month for residential trash pickup and $14.40 for seniors.
But those contract extensions come with a price increase and the new prices are $19 per month and $17.10 for seniors.
In 2023, that rate will increase to $19.76 per month and $17.78 for seniors.
In 2024, the increase will be to $20.55 per month and $18.49 for seniors.
The Waste Management contract will expire on Feb. 28, 2025, then the city will have to go out and bid for garbage collection services.
“There are no more extensions,” said Davisson. “When that happens, our trash service is going to change dramatically. It’s getting more expensive to recycle. They do not want to do bulk pickup. We talked to just about every major carrier out there. They’re not interested in bulk pickup. Many of them weren’t interested in providing the trash cans. So, we’ve got three years of these prices with the level of service that we have right now. Then, we’re just going to have to see what happens.”
Davisson and other city leaders are hoping the market changes.
“Maybe it won’t be as insane as it is right now with inflation,” said Davisson. “But you can bet that it’s going to change the way the trash is collected and it’s not going to change for the better. And there’s nothing we can do about it, because the companies that offer these services, those are the prices they offer. Those are the services they offer. Like I said, we got one game. We had a three-year extension of this contract and we’re able to take advantage of, but that when that runs out, that’s going to be the end of the good old days for trash collection.”
The issue of two mislabeled recycling dumpsters on Obetz Avenue and McFadyen Park on the Howard Road side has been resolved and they are now correctly labeled.