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Pataskala officials to take bids for new trash contract

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Pataskala officials say they will seek bids for a new trash contract in an effort to get city residents the best deal on waste-removal services.

"We'll go out and see who else is out there," said City Administrator Timothy Boland.

Boland said the city has contracted with Waste Management for the past eight years.

The current contract expires Sept. 30.

Boland said city officials will review any proposals from trash haulers and determine if the city needs to contract with a different firm.

"We will re-evaluate our services and see what options are out there," said BJ King, the city's service director.

The new contract most likely run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2016, Boland said.

Pataskala residents pay $11.67 a month for trash pickup, which includes household and yard waste and recycling.

Waste Management also collects a fuel surcharge based on "on the U.S. Department of Energy's weekly national average price of diesel fuel index," according to the city's website.

Residents have the option to use their own container or to rent a 96-gallon bin on wheels for $3 per month. Residents who wish to recycle use an 18-gallon bin provided by Waste Management.

Waste Management collects city trash on Tuesdays.

Boland said few residents have complained about the contract but the city felt it was time to review the contract and compare it to proposals from other haulers.

"We extended the contract three years ago," Boland said. "We will request bids and see what most bring in. We'll want to take the lowest and best bid for our residents."

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