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Natchez board delays seeking proposals from trash collectors
from Staff Reports - NEWS
February 28, 2018 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – As the mayor and aldermen continue to wrangle with the details of how Natchez residents’ trash will be picked up, key decisions to make include whether their garbage bills go up and collection days are reduced to once a week.

Mayor Darryl Grennell said it might cost too much to continue the twice-a-week service that Natchez has had for years.
“The bottom line is going to be the numbers. … Do we want to pass the (higher) rate onto the residents?” he said Tuesday.

The garbage collection charge currently on Natchez residents’ monthly bill is $13.74. This is for twice-a-week curbside collection of trash. This includes a $1 charge for the city’s mosquito-control efforts.

The Board of Aldermen on Tuesday delayed moving forward to get proposals from prospective companies seeking the exclusive contract to be the city’s waste hauler. Grennell wanted the board to approve the written request for proposals (RFPs) for waste companies to review. However, aldermen wanted more time to study the multitude of options and prerequisites of what will be presented. The mayor said the final-draft RFPs might be brought back to the board in two weeks.

Potential changes of how city residents will have their garbage picked up include reducing it to once a week and them supplying their own garbage can rather than being provided by the trash collector as done now. Aldermen are also weighing various options for people wanting to separate their recyclables to be picked up.

Waste Pro continues as it has the past five years to be Natchez’ trash collector while it awaits city officials to draw up the RFPs for the Florida-based company and other waste collectors.

The city has been paying Waste Pro about $900,000 a year to pick up garbage from about 5,700 homes and businesses twice a week. It did provide once-a-week recyclable pickups but stopped this service in November when the board let the garbage contract expire without solidifying a new one. The board and Waste Pro did agree in November to an emergency short-term contract that stays in place until a trash collector is hired for the long term. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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