TWINSBURG -- City Council addressed a $5.4 million contract for the city's refuse and recycling collection with Glenwillow-based Waste Management Inc., sending the 5-year contract to a second reading.
The contract is a citywide extension and continuation of a trial program conducted in Ward 1 since February 2012, involving larger trash and recycling containers and automated pickup.
Public Works Director Chris Cambell said the contract will carry a total cost of $5,448,196.
Under the pilot program — which began early this year — Waste Management provided 96-gallon refuse containers (people previously lined their bags at the curb, or had their own trash cans) and 48-gallon recycling containers (current recycling receptacles are 13-gallon bins) to approximately 600 households in Ward 1.
Waste Management empties the garbage receptacle curbside each week and the recycle container every other week with an automated arm of a garbage truck.
The city received about 100 response cards from participating households and 82 percent responded favorably to the pilot program, according to Public Works Director Chris Campbell.
Mayor Katherine Procop said earlier this year that the intent is to cut down on the amount of trash that ends up in the landfill and to promote more recycling.
“Our industry intends to move toward automated trash collection across the board,” said Beth Schmucker, spokesperson for Waste Management.
Ward 1 Councilor Sam Scaffide said some residents who live alone have mentioned that they don’t produce enough garbage to fill the container each week.
Campbell said he hopes to begin the new program by spring.
Council approved a one-year extension to the city’s contract with Waste Management late in 2011. Twinsburg pays $13.35 per customer, per month, which totals about $1 million for refuse services each year. Waste Management serves about 6,200 customers in Twinsburg.
-- From staff reports