City administrator Tim Boland said Pataskala has negotiated the renewal of the waste-hauling contract for the city's 16,000 residents.

City administrator Tim Boland said Pataskala has negotiated the renewal of the waste-hauling contract for the city's 16,000 residents.

"This is the second renewal and extension of the Waste Management contract," Boland said. "It will be a 4-percent increase. The current collection fee is $11.20 per month per residence. It would go up to $11.67, locked in for a three-year period. It can go up if there are changes in EPA mandates."

In addition to the base fee of $11.67 per month, residents are charged a container-rental fee of $3 and a fuel surcharge that varies with the price of diesel fuel.

Johnstown residents recently agreed to a one-year contract extension that raised base rates from $12.72 per month to $13.28 per month.

Boland said one of the biggest changes to the contract is that the company agreed to bear the postage cost of a quarterly newsletter to residents.

"We also negotiated as additional services that Waste Management will provide postage for the city's newsletter," Boland said. "That's a very important part of the contract. We looked at a number of options. The cost has been prohibitive for us to do that."

The newsletter will be mailed four times a year to the city's 16,000 residents. The total city budget is about $16-million. The contract gives Waste Management an exclusive service area for trash, yard waste, recyclables and appliances and runs from October 2010 to September 2013.

Waste Management is one of the largest trash-disposal companies in the world, operating throughout the United States. The company owns more than 22,000 waste-hauling trucks that collect 74-million tons of trash per year, according to information from the company. The company also owns a network of landfills and disposes of 116-million tons of trash per year.