New village trash provider Big O Refuse is scheduled for its first collection on Tuesday, April 6.

New village trash provider Big O Refuse is scheduled for its first collection on Tuesday, April 6.

Village manager Judy Edwards said Waste Management's last pick up was on Thursday, March 25, and residents should leave their trash containers at the curb for collection by Waste Management.

"We may expect cans out there for a period of time while we're doing the switchover," she said. "We are hoping for a smooth transition."

Edwards said Waste Management will be refunding residents for April, since its last bill included the months of February, March and April.

Any resident who hasn't yet registered for service with Big O should call 888-924-2446.

Residents must sign up by April 1 in order to avoid any interruption of service, she said. In addition to calling, online registration can be taken at www.bigorefuse.com and clicking on "Johnstown sign up."

The Johnstown Village Council voted earlier this month to award a three-year contract to Big O Refuse that offers village residents curbside recycling for the first time.

Edwards said residents don't have to recycle, but she strongly encourages it. The village will still provide bulk recycling bins at the village offices.

John Peckskamp, of Big O, said commingled curbside recycling is taken all in one bin. Items can include aluminum, glass, metal and bi-metal cans, paper and cardboard and plastic (numbered one through seven).

Trash service with curbside recycling from Big O costs $14.45 a month and includes a 96-gallon toter and an 18-gallon recycling bin.

Edwards said there has been some confusion about an additional $3 charge. That fee is only for residents who want a second toter.

Senior households -- a residence where at least one member is age 65 or older -- will be charged $13 per month for trash collection and recycling.

Peckskamp said the Newark-based Big O has very high customer satisfaction, and a smooth transition has occurred in other communities that have changed providers.

Big O serves about 10,000 residents in Newark and became the exclusive refuse collector for Granville in January. It also serves Monroe Township.

In addition to Johnstown, Big O recently won contracts to begin refuse collection for the village of Hartford and Hartford Township.