City officials still are ironing out details for a new trash collection project, and no immediate changes in the collection schedule are expected.
Russell Rost, city administrator, Monday night told a city committee that the details are being finalized in an agreement with Progressive Waste Solutions, formerly IESI, which is the trash provider now. The current contract ends Aug. 31.
He explained that once the new contract is approved, changes won’t be implemented until October, or possibly November. That is when Progressive Waste Solutions expects to have new trash bins to residents.
The company supplied the low bid for trash, which was $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.
Rost explained that the cost to maintain the same schedule of trash collection — twice weekly — would cost about $10 more per month than the current proposal.
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.
Progressive Waste Solutions is expected to purchase two new trucks designated for use in Union, according to Rost.
The proposed contract did not state what days trash will be collected. Rost has said that recyclables will most likely still be picked up Wednesdays.
He added that recycling will be “single stream” and all recyclables will be placed in the same bin and will not need to be sorted.
The recyclables will be sold as a commodity and the city will receive 50 percent of the profits, he said.
Officials expect the yard waste and large trash pickups to be similar to the current contract.
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.