By Tara Figurski
Truro Township residents will soon see a reduction in their trash collection costs.
A consortium of central Ohio communities recently requested bids for trash collection and recycling services. The consortium is a group of public entities grouped together the the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.
Members of the consortium are Groveport, Upper Arlington, Whitehall, the Brice, Obetz, Clinton Township, Madison Township, Pleasant Township, Sharon Township and Truro Township. The goal of the consortium is to give the entities collective buying power.
The bid for collection services included solid waste, yard waste and recycling, the same services residents are now receiving as part of the township’s contract with Rumpke. Residents currently pay $17.72 per month for those services.
The consortium received a bid from Rumpke of $20.33 per month for a five year contract. Rumpke has been providing collection services to the township since 2004.
The consortium also received a bid from Local Waste Services of $14 per month for the same services. Truro Township Administrator Jason Nicodemus said each member of the consortium was able to select which waste hauler they wanted to provide their services.
“The bid we received and that was recommended to the trustees was for Local Waste,” Nicodemus said. “Local Waste will provide collection at a cost of $14 per month for a five year period.”
On Sept. 3, the township trustees approved the contract with Local Waste Services for $14 per month. The current contract with Rumpke expires Jan. 31, 2016. The contract with Local Waste begins Feb. 1, 2016.
“The services will remain what our residents currently have,” Nicodemus said. “The collection days will stay the same.”
The contract also includes bulk items which the exception of refrigerators and mattresses.
Nicodemus said the contract with Local Waste would result in a 21 percent savings for township residents.