Trash collection dates will probably change for many Union residents under the new waste management contract approved Monday.
City Administrator Russell Rost said there will be four trash pickup dates that will be based on ward boundaries.
A logistical meeting is scheduled for this week when city staff and Progressive Waste Solutions representatives will iron out many of the details, he explained.
“Like any new program, it will probably be a little rocky, but we’ll get through it,” Rost said.
Under the contract, Progressive Waste Solutions, formerly IESI, which is the trash provider now, will provide trash and recycling bins to all residents. They have until Nov. 1 to implement that program.
Prices for trash service will go down under the new agreement. The fee will be $15.15 each month for the first year of service. That is compared to $16.66 that is paid now.
By the end of the five-year contract the monthly fee will be $16.73. The fee for seniors will be $14.15 the first year, and will increase to $15.53 by the end of the contract.
There will be a slight increase each year of the contract.
Under the proposed contract, both trash and recyclables will be collected one time per week.
The cost to maintain the same schedule of trash collection — twice weekly — would cost about $10 more per month than the current proposal, according to Rost.
Progressive Waste Solutions will provide two wheeled bins to Union residents, one for recycling and another for trash.
Residents will have the option for two 96-gallon bins, two 65-gallon bins, or one of each. The bins will have different colored lids for trash and recycling.
The trash company will likely ask customers via a mailing which sizes of bins they would prefer. Those who don’t respond will receive 96-gallon bins, Rost said.
If residents use uniform totes citywide, the trash company can use lifts to dump the canisters into the truck. That saves on manpower because the truck can be operated with just a driver.
People may use their existing containers for yard waste.
Rost said Progressive Waste Solutions is expected to purchase two new trucks designated for use in Union.
Officials expect the yard waste and large trash pickups to be similar to the current contract, Rost added.
Under the current contract, yard waste has been collected four times a month in May, June, October and November.
It is collected twice monthly in July, August and September, and once a month in January, February, March and December.
Large trash items are collected once per month, probably the last collection day each month.