Waste Management is busy delivering new trash and recycling containers to Twinsburg residents as part of the city's new automated refuse pickup program.
Waste Management is providing all residents with a 96-gallon trash container and a 64-gallon recycling bin that will be used for once-per-week pickup.
These containers will be picked up using a semi-automated process that was tested in 500 Twinsburg homes in Ward 1 last year. The automated process involves the way the truck picks up the containers from the curb.
Over the life of the contract, Twinsburg would be expected to pay Waste Management $5,448,196. The contract is set to end in April 2018.
The annual cost* to the city is:2013-14 $1,038,064 2014-15 $1,061,422 2015-16 $1,087,583 2016-17 $1,117,483 2017-18 $1,143,644
*Note: The annual costs are only projections because there is a disposal fee that is charged based on the amount of garbage handled by Waste Management.
Public Works Director Chris Campbell said the contract will likely mean savings for the city. For one, recycling participation is expected to increase by 10 percent to 30 percent, which is expected to reduce the cost of trash pickup. That can mean savings of about $25,000 to $75,000 each year, Campbell said.
And even the later years of the new contract won't be more expensive than the last two years, when the city paid Waste Management more than $1.15 and $1.16 million in 2011 and 2012.
Waste Management and Rumpke both bid for the contract. Waste Management's prices were lower, according to the bid documents.
The contract began April 1 and the semi-automated process was scheduled to begin in June.