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May 29, 2014

New contract carries lower garbage rates

HERMITAGE — Hermitage commissioners approved a new solid waste collection contract Wednesday that reduces rates for most city residents.

“It’s nice to see a bill go down,” said Commissioner Rita L. Ferringer.

The award keeps Tri-County Industries Inc., Pine Township, as the curbside collector of garbage, recycling and yard waste through July 31, 2019.

The way the city contract has been structured, residents pay a base rate for unlimited recycling and yard waste collection. They can opt not to have garbage collection, but the contract gives residents options if they want their garbage picked up.

The contract lowers the base rate from $13.99 a month ($41.97 a quarter) to $12.80 a month ($38.40 a quarter). The monthly rate can change annually based on the cost of fuel.

For garbage collection, the rate for a 35-gallon cart will drop from $4.50 a month ($13.50 a quarter) to $3.60 a month ($10.80 a quarter). The rate for a 95-gallon cart drops from $5 a month ($15 a quarter) to $4 a month ($12 a quarter).

Eighty percent of city residents have 95-gallon carts. Their bills for recycling and garbage collection will fall 11è percent, from $18.99 a month ($56.97 a quarter) to $16.80 a month ($50.40 a quarter.)

Customers who place bags out instead of carts or have excess waste can buy tags for 95 cents for a bag of up to 32 gallons, down from $3.

These costs will not change: bulk waste, $4 a tag; white goods, $8 a tag; and volume tags, $8 a tag.

The contract also add an extra bulk collection day – there now will be two – and makes available a Dumpster for electronics recycling at the city garage on Virginia Road.

The contract begins Aug. 1.

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