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Adams County board seeking new trash-collection proposals
from Staff Reports - NEWS
May 22, 2018 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – The Adams County Board of Supervisors is planning to decide in the coming month whether to keep Waste Pro as the county’s garbage collector or contract with another one.

The board voted Monday to seek proposals from prospects interested in picking up the trash generated by the 5,500 or so households outside Natchez.

This comes after the Natchez Board of Aldermen earlier this month decided behind closed doors to dump Waste Pro in favor of a new garbage collector. Arrow Disposal Services beat out Waste Pro and three other bidders in getting the city contract.

City officials barred the public from knowing what the garbage companies proposed before selecting Arrow. However, county supervisors will make proposals they receive open to the public, said board President Calvin Butler.
Complaints have been filed with the Mississippi Ethics Commission alleging the Natchez board violated the state open meetings law.

The goal is to have the county’s new garbage-collection contract approved by July, Butler said. While the Waste Pro contract doesn’t expire until November, supervisors want to know how much money garbage collection will cost as the board sets the county budget for the fiscal year that starts in October.

Florida-based Waste Pro currently bills Adams County about $600,000 a year to pick up trash -- $9.25 a month per household outside Natchez. With disposal costs and other expenses added in, the county charges residents $15 on their monthly garbage bill. Waste Pro collects garbage twice a week and transports it to the Riverbend landfill in Jefferson County near Fayette.

Natchez’ new garbage-collection monthly charge for city residents goes up from $13.74 to $18.45 per household with the new contract in effect next month with Alabama-based Arrow. That’s for twice-a-week pickups of regular household garbage and once-a-week curbside collection of recyclables.

County supervisors have indicated the pick-up service for county residents will remain twice a week. Reducing it to once weekly does not save that much money and is inconvenient for many residents, said Supervisor Mike Lazarus.

“It’s not the difference you think it will be (in reducing costs). That’s why we’ve never gone with once a week, and I don’t think we ever will,” Lazarus said. “I don’t think that’s ever going to work.”

County board attorney Scott Slover said the request for garbage-pickup proposals will be published in the coming days. The board will review the received proposals June 18 and make a decision on the best bid later. The solicitations will be much like before and based mostly on how much is proposed to charge the county for hauling away residents’ trash.

“The emphasis that we put on is on pricing,” Slover said. “It’s very similar to (past requests for proposals) that we got fairly good results on.”

Waste Pro ceased picking up recyclables in March 2017 for county residents because so few were putting out such trash to be collected. However, Slover said Monday the county board will ask waste collectors to submit plans and costs for resuming this service.

Of the 500 residences on the recycling route outside Natchez in 2017, about 90 or so participated, according to Waste Pro’s count. As part of the previous contract with Waste Pro to pick up garbage, the county board was paying the company $8,000 just to collect recyclables. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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