BRUNSWICK –– City Council passed a final resolution Monday night allowing the city to enter into a contract with Republic Services Inc. for new recycling services in the city.
Republic currently takes care of trash within the city — a job it’s done for more than nine years — and, come July 1 it will continue to do the same while providing recycling services as well.
“Republic is our current vendor so it’s going to be a continuation of the same vendor,” Service Director Paul Barnett said.
The five year contract is worth $211,000 annually.
Barnett said he thinks Republic has served the city well in the near decade it has collected trash in Brunswick neighborhoods.
“Overall, they do very, very good,” Barnett said.
“There are some problems sometimes, but 99.9 percent of the time they do very, very good.”
Residents pay around $52 per quarter currently. With the addition of curbside recycling, the cost will increase to around $61 per quarter.
The change also will mean residents will get two new 64-gallon cans, one for trash and another for recyclable waste.
Council unanimously voted to make the switch, which brings about automated trash collection to the city and moves away from traditional manually hauling, despite some reservations that surfaced late last year.