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Natchez’ trash collector decided for a year
from Staff Reports - NEWS
November 15, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. — The Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to let Waste Pro continue to be Natchez’ trash collector for another year while city officials take time to prepare plans to let others compete for the job. This reverses the board’s September decision not to renew its contract with Waste Pro.

While Waste Pro continues as it has for the past five years making its Natchez garbage runs, city officials will draw up requests for proposals from other waste collectors next year and give them a shot at offering better services than Waste Pro.

The current garbage contract with Waste Pro was to expire at the end of this month, and aldermen said they didn’t have time to seek competitors and hammer out a deal with the best waste collector.

Mayor Darryl Grennell said he receives complaints about Waste Pro’s service and has himself had days when his trash wasn’t picked up as it should. “There is an issue” he said of garbage-collection problems.

Waste Pro became Natchez’ trash collector in 2012. The Florida-based company replaced Waste Management, which had been hauling away Natchez’ trash for 30 years. Both companies, along with others, can submit bids for Natchez aldermen to consider as they decide which is the best and who should be awarded the new contract.

The city has been paying Waste Pro more than $900,000 a year to pick up garbage for city residents, who pay $13.74 a month per household for twice-a-week service. Waste Pro began in 2013 collecting recyclable trash, the first time Natchez has ever had this curbside pickup service for its 6,000 households. Waste Pro also provided each household one receptacle with wheels for general trash and one bin for recyclables. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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