There will likely be changes to the trash collection in Union now that the city is seeking bids for the service.
The city is now under contract with Progressive Waste Solutions, formerly IESI, which ends Aug. 31.
The bids specifications for the contract include that both trash and recyclables be collected one time per week. Under the current contract the trash is collected two days each week.
The city’s parks, building, development and public service committee approved the specifications last month.
Alderman Dustin Bailey asked if there would be a fine or fee if the collection service constantly misses residents.
City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann said that like the contract states now, trash collectors are notified of misses before the end of the collection day and then go back to collect missed trash.
He added that it would be difficult to determine if the company missed trash, or if the resident did not place the trash out in time.
“It’s not a big deal when it (trash collected) is twice a week,” said Alderman David Pope, “but when it is only once a week it would be a really big deal.”
Last month, City Administrator Russell Rost explained that most trash collection companies collect once per week, and supply residents with wheeled totes.
He said that the totes are to keep odors in and are large enough to hold several trash bags.
Rost further explained that in order to keep costs low, the city must ink a five-year contract with a trash company.
“Anyone providing totes will want a five-year contract,” he said.
“That allows for trash companies to convert all of their trucks,” Rost added. “These are very durable.”
If residents use uniform totes citywide, the trash company would use lifts to dump the canisters into the truck. That could save on manpower because the truck could be operated with just a driver.
Rost noted that the city would look for an agreement that it share in the profits from the sales of recyclables. There are some cities who are reimbursed for a portion of the sale of materials.
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.