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Adams County board plans no garbage rate increase with new trash collector
from Staff Reports - NEWS
August 7, 2018 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – No rate increase is being imposed on Adams County residents living outside Natchez to have their garbage picked up by a new trash collector, said county board President Calvin Butler.

The Board of Supervisors is negotiating the final terms of a contract with Metro Service Group, the New Orleans-based company the board has picked to replace Waste Pro.

A deal has been made for Metro to charge the county $9.72 per household each month for twice-a-week curbside service, Butler said, but details are still being ironed out for hauling trash from county waste dumps.

The Adams County board in July decided Metro had the best trash-collection proposal among six companies that bid for the county contract.

While Metro’s per-household price of $9.72 a month is up from the $9.25 Waste Pro had been charging, Butler said that increase will not be passed on to the $15-a-month bill that the 5,500 county households have been paying to have their garbage carried away. That's in contrast to Natchez residents, whose rates went up nearly 50 percent in June.

The six companies submitting bids in June included Waste Pro and Arrow Disposal Services.

Waste Pro has been the county and city trash collector since 2013 and 2012 but was replaced in Natchez by Arrow in June and is set to be so by Metro in November, when its county contract expires.

With Arrow as Natchez’ new trash collector, city residents are charged by the city board $19.90 a month – a 45 percent increase from the old rate. That’s for twice-a-week pickup of household garbage and weekly pickup of recyclable trash using two wheeled trash cans.

With the $15 monthly bill for county residents outside the city lower, they have no recyclable-trash collection due to their lack of interest. They also don’t have trash cans provided like those for city residents.

Metro – which collects garbage for nearby Concordia Parish residents – also serves New Orleans. It has locations in several states, including Mississippi, Texas, Georgia and Florida. It provides trash, construction and disaster-relief services. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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