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Adams County board reviews six garbage proposals
from Staff Reports - NEWS
June 19, 2018 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Adams County supervisors are trying to restrain the price of picking up residents’ trash while proposals from six garbage companies submitted Monday indicate it’ll cost more than what’s being charged now.

The price proposals presented to the county board per household per month range from a low of $9.84 to a high of $13.50. That’s up from the $9.25 now charged by Waste Pro, the company that’s been collecting garbage the past five years for the 5,500 or so Adams County households outside Natchez.

The Board of Supervisors is planning to decide in July whether to keep Waste Pro or contract with a new garbage collector that could provide better services at a lower cost.

With Waste Pro on Monday submitting a per-household bid of $10.62 for twice-a-week pickup for the next six years, others vying for the job were Metro Service ($9.84), Hometown Waste, ($10.83), United Waste Services ($12.99) and Arrow Disposal Service ($13.50).

Waste Management was the sixth company to submit a trash-pickup bid, but it didn’t contain a clearly presented per-household cost.

Adams County supervisors will spend time in the coming weeks with their attorney and county administrator reviewing the six proposals, which were accompanied by various alternatives for serving county residents’ trash-collecting needs.

Most of the waste companies said they would also haul away recyclable trash for an additional charge, but county board President Calvin Butler said past tries at this show few residents want to separate their garbage to be regenerated for new uses.

Adams County supervisors made the garbage-collection proposals open for the public. This is in contrast to the Natchez Board of Aldermen, which last month decided behind closed doors to dump Waste Pro in favor of Arrow. City officials barred the public from knowing what the garbage companies proposed before selecting Arrow. Complaints have been filed with the Mississippi Ethics Commission alleging the Natchez board violated the state open meetings law.

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. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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