Garbage decision to await meeting of city and county

Published 11:51 am Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Proposals for new garbage pickup contracts for the city — and maybe in conjunction with the county — were received Monday from nine local and regional companies, but Vicksburg officials said they would meet with Warren County officials before a decision is made.

The city’s contract with Waste Management is to expire June 30, and city and county officials have discussed the possibility of combining efforts for contracted garbage collection for the entire county.

“This is a joint effort,” Mayor Paul Winfield said Monday.

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The county currently monitors private collection services, as required by law.

The new contract for garbage and rubbish pickup and separately for garbage, rubbish and recyclables disposal could be for the city alone or jointly with the county.

Proposals viewed Monday came from Municipal Services Inc., Warren County Waste Control Inc. and Waste Management, all of Vicksburg, Riverbend Environmental Services of Fayette, Advanced Disposal of Jackson, Allied Waste Services of Flowood, Waste Pro of Mississippi Inc. of Jackson, Arrow Disposal Service Inc. of Aberdeen, Ala., and IESI Louisiana Corp. of Monroe, La.

Each company submitted packages with up to eight options, and prices are negotiable, said city purchasing director Tim Smith who is working with Warren County Administrator John Smith to obtain new contracts.

“When we negotiate, we’ll go to pick two or three of the best proposals,” he said. “The numbers will probably change when we go to negotiate.”

Tim Smith said the goal of negotiations will be to lower the cost paid in the city by single-family residences and small commercial customers as well as add a curbside recycling component to the contracts.

In Vicksburg, those customers pay $19.95 per month for twice-a-week collection, which is an increase of $2.06 from 2009.

County residents, who now pay $1.25 monthly as a county administrative surcharge for one of six approved haulers, could see a single hauler by July 1.

Vicksburg and Warren County share the cost of using the transfer station on U.S. 61 South to satisfy requirements by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, which mandates the legal dumping of trash.

John Smith has said the county is interested in continuing to use the station.

The city and county meeting has not been scheduled.