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Board reviews bids for city trash service

A decision on who will be collecting the city’s garbage and trash could be made June 23.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen took 4 bids for garbage collection under advisement Wednesday, turning the bid packages over to the city’s solid waste committee for review. Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said June 23 is the “tentative date” when the committee will make its report.

Wednesday was the second time the city accepted bids for garbage and trash collection. The board in April accepted bids for collection and later rejected them on the recommendation of the solid waste committee.

Two of the companies submitting bids Wednesday also submitted bids in April:

4 Metro Service Group of New Orleans bid $10.14 for twice weekly residential garbage collection and $21.46 for collection four times a week, and $15,588 a month for once a month trash and debris collection. It also gave a price of $26.92 per ton for solid waste disposal.

4 Team Waste of Jackson, bid $10.94 for twice weekly residential collection and $23.52 for collecting garbage four times a week, and $16,000 per month for trash and debris collection.

Waste Management of Mississippi’s bid was rejected in April because it was not delivered by the deadline to the city. The company Wednesday bid $10.85 for twice weekly residential garbage collection and $39.94 for collection four time a week and $32 per ton for solid waste disposal. The charge for trash and debris collection was included in the monthly garbage collection fee, according to bid documents.

Riverbend Environmental, which submitted a bid in April, submitted a bid of $26.90 a ton for solid waste disposal only.

“It looks like we’ll be able to save the taxpayers money,” Flaggs said after the meeting. “And be able to not only collect, but improve the service at the same time.” Under the current contract with Waste Management, city residents pay $16.50 for twice a week garbage collection.

“We’ve got the committee looking at it and after they do that, they’re going to being it to us and we’ll look at it and make a decision who we’re go with,” North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield said. “I’m glad they all got the opportunity to go in and give it their best shot to give their best offer to the city that they could possibly give.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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