HINCKLEY —Trustees are getting closer to narrowing the number of companies providing trash services down to one.
Residents could see savings with a single-hauler system. Currently, residents hire one of four companies to pick up their trash — Republic Services, Kimble, C. Martin Trucking or Rumpke.
“All four will go down the same street in a week, can you believe that?” Trustee Ray Schulte said Tuesday about the trash haulers.
The board is looking to put the contract out to bid in August. As trustees work on finalizing details, Solid Waste Director Beth Biggins-Ramer talked about some of the aspects of the prospective five-year contract.
There will be two options for residents, a bag program and an unlimited program.
The unlimited program will provide residents with two large 95-to-96-gallon bins for trash and recycling.
In addition to the two bins, residents will be allowed to have up to two cubic yards of waste next to their bins.
“For the bag service, you would prepay to the contractor for a roll of bags,” Biggins-Ramer said.
“You would receive a 64-to-65-gallon-sized recycling cart.”
Residents who do not sign up for one of these plans would be defaulted to the unlimited plan. Residents will be able to make adjustments to their plan after the first 90 days if they choose.
Trustees will not know what residents will be paying for a contract like this until the contract goes out for bid, but Schulte said residents of localities with a single trash hauler tend to pay less.
“I would just say from my perspective it’s going to be a lot less than what everybody’s paying because you’ll have one hauler doing all the volume for the community, which is over 3,000 (residents) instead of being split up by (four companies),” Schulte said.
Schulte said that, for perspective, he pays $106 for Republic in the township. In Brunswick, which uses Republic as its single hauler, residents pay about $54.
The hope is to launch the new trash pickup by the beginning of 2020.
In other news
Trustees also discussed monument repairs in Maple Hill Cemetery.
“Our monuments need some serious help, they’re tipping and it creates a lot of issues with grass cutting and of course it’s, in my opinion, a pretty sacred piece here of our township history,” Schulte said.
Pinnacle Monument Leveling and Restoration, of Litchfield, will work with the township to help fix some of these monuments. The company will start with 20 monuments at a cost of $160 apiece, or $3,200 total.
The price offered by the company to fix the monuments is much lower than what other companies would do it for.
“Other companies that do this typically are between $1,200 and $1,500 to move one monument,” said Dave Mosinski, a representative from the company.
Their goal is to have an ongoing partnership with the township and to provide them with a service that is affordable.