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Due to the high demand for the drop off recycling bins, the City will be contracting with Republic Services for curbside trash and recycling services at all residential properties in the City beginning January 1, 2016.
How much will it cost?
The monthly cost for service will be $16.25. This includes weekly curbside trash service (95 gallon container) and bi-weekly curbside recycling services (95 gallon container). This will allow residents to be able to recycle without having to drop off their recyclables. The monthly rate for services will be guaranteed to stay the same for the first year. The second and third year of the contract the monthly rate may only be increased by the actual cost of living index for the Water/Sewer/Trash or WST/CPI but any such increase may not exceed four percent (4%).
The price is competitive or better than most stand-alone garbage services in the City while at the same time adding the convenience of curbside recycling services for residents. We believe this is a win-win for the residents and City.
How will this change affect me?
All residential properties will be automatically enrolled in the new program and the service will be added to the water/sewer bill. If you already have Republic Services for trash service there is nothing you need to do.
If you do not already have Republic Services, you will need to contact your current trash provider to cancel service at the end of December. You will be automatically enrolled in Republic Services at the start of 2016.
Republic Services will be dropping off a 95 gallon container for trash service and a 95 gallon container for recycling prior to January 1st.
The City wide drop off recycling will be discontinued once curbside recycling begins.
What if I already have Republic Services and paid in advance for the entire year?
If you have pre-paid for Republic Services, a refund will be issued to you for any unused portion of your prepayment.
What if I really do not need trash service at my residence or do not want to use Republic Services?
If you absolutely do not need trash service at your residence or you do not want to use Republic Services, you may fill out an opt-out form at City Hall during normal business hours.
What if I go south for the winter and do not need any trash service during the winter months?
If you do not need trash service for the winter months you will be able to suspend service for January through the end of March for the 2015-2016 winter season (as the program does not start until Jan. 1, 2016). After the 2015-2016 season you will be able to annually suspend service from December to the end of March.
What if I do not want to recycle with Republic?
Recycling will be optional for residents, however, the cost will be the same if you choose not to recycle.
What if I still have questions about this new service?
If you still have questions you are encouraged to call or stop in at City Hall (517) 369-7334. Republic Services will also be sending information to every residency in December about the new service including pickup schedules, where to place your containers, bulk item pickup options, and acceptable recycling items.
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