Thursday, June 9, 2011
Waste Connections to pick up county garbage
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors is in negotiations with Waste Connections of Walnut to firm up a contract for residential and small commercial household solid waste disposal, according to chancery clerk Chuck Thomas.
The contract price under consideration is $12 a month for residential garbage removal, he said. Service will be available at the door for disabled individuals under the provisions under discussion.
The current contract with Resourceful Environmental Services expires this month. Waste Connections begins providing service July 1.
Waste Connections has served some areas of the county for many years under the name ASCO Sanitation.
Under the new contract proposal, the county would continue to flag the car tags of individuals whose garbage bill is over 90 days past due, Thomas said. The county administrator’s office will continue to collect payments from customers who wish to pay their bill in person. The county will not be held responsible for any outstanding or uncollectible bills under the proposed contract.
In the contract with R.E.S., the county was on the hook for uncollectible garbage bills and has budgeted $650,000 a year to guarantee payment of delinquent bills for R.E.S.
An active container count was established by the county to be near 10,000 units in circulation, Thomas said.
Tracy King, office manager with Waste Connections Inc., said the company expects to put out its blue cans with green tops starting on or about June 15, beginning in the northern part of the county and moving south. The goal is to have all customers who have current service and a valid billing address a cart by July 30. Customers who were receiving service with R.E.S. will be given a cart with a number specific to the address, King said. Waste Connections will bill customers quarterly, but the customer can pay monthly or quarterly or even yearly, she said.
If the customer does not pay the bill and it goes past due, the customer may get a call or they may not, but Waste Connections will not send out another bill for that quarter, King said.
The cart will be included in the service, she said. The company’s name and phone number and the cart number will be on the cart. Customers may record their cart number for further reference because the cart number will be linked to the customer’s address.
The customer will be responsible for the cart’s care and custody and, if it is damaged or lost, the customer will be responsible for the cost of replacement, she said.
The day the garbage is picked up will remain the same for the customer, but the time of day of the collection may change, King said. Customers should put out their carts by 7 a.m.
For further details, please refer to Waste Connections’ ad on page 16 in this issue of the newspaper.
Waste Connections, Inc., serves the City of Holly Springs, Booneville, Pontotoc, Fulton, McNairy County, Tenn., and Somerville, Tenn., King said. The company is the third largest waste hauling company in the United States, she said.
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