Solid-waste disposal and recycling pickups for all Norwich Township residents will switch to Wednesdays at the start of July, and Hilliard residents will begin to receive their new waste and recycling containers this week.
Norwich Township trustees, at the request of provider Local Waste Services, approved the change in pickup days at their May 20 meeting.
Local Waste Services said the change from Tuesday to Wednesday was required after it signed a five-year deal with Hilliard, also effective July 1.
All Hilliard residents' garbage and recycling will be picked up each Tuesday in the new containers provided by Local Waste Services.
The Norwich Township trustees said they opposed the request from Local Waste Services when company representative Eric DeHays made the request May 6. They made the change May 20 with little comment.
DeHays said May 20 that continuing Tuesday service for the approximately 1,450 households in Norwich Township would have been cost prohibitive.
"We would have to buy additional trucks, at about $250,000 each, that we would use just for one day (Tuesday), and they would be parked the other days," DeHays said.
Trustee Chuck Buck asked DeHays if the company was willing to offer anything in exchange for trustees agreeing to the change in pickup days.
"What can you do financially for our residents?" Buck asked.
Trustee Larry Earman said he and DeHays discussed the matter prior to the May 20 meeting.
Local Waste Services agreed to the township's request to cover an increase of up to $3 per ton in tipping fees if the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio were to impose a rate increase in tipping fees in 2015. Al Iosue, a SWACO official and a member of Hilliard City Council, said May 27 no proposed rate increase in tipping fees is currently planned for 2015.
"I guess it's some concession," Buck said before the trustees unanimously accepted the request to change service days.
DeHays said the company would send a letter to each Norwich Township household and will also, at the direction and approval of township officials, place two-sided yard signs at strategic intersections in the township advising residents of the switch in service days.
Norwich Township Administrator Kate Cavanaugh said she was not aware of any calls to the township concerning the switch in pickup days after Local Waste Services announced its request for the change.
The township's contract with Local Waste Services expires Dec. 31, 2015.
New containers for Hilliard residents
Meanwhile, Hilliard residents will begin receiving new containers for solid waste and recyclable material as early as today, May 29, according to Hilliard Service Director Butch Seidle.
As part of the new five-year contract with Local Waste Services, each Hilliard single-family household and condominium will receive separate receptacles for solid waste and recyclable materials.
Otto Environmental Systems will deliver the receptacles to all households no later than June 20.
Each single-family residence will receive a green 65-gallon container for solid waste and a blue 65-gallon container for recyclable material.
Those living in condominiums will receive 35-gallon containers.
Residents are asked to use the delivered container for 60 days, after which time they may request a larger or smaller container by calling the trash collection services help line at 614-334-1175.
A one-time fee of $21.50 would be assessed for requests for a larger trash container, but to encourage recycling, the city will provide a larger recycling container at no additional cost, according to city officials.
Rumpke will collect the containers it provided for recycling, as well as leased containers for solid waste, beginning the week of June 23.
Seidle said residents could begin using their containers from Otto as soon as they are received.