New trash hauler
Pataskala residents must sign up with Big 'O'
Pataskala residents will have a new trash hauler, Newark-based Big "O" Refuse, in October.
They now need to register their properties for trash pickup, city officials say.
"(Residents have) been with Waste Management and they've all got agreements with them. Waste Management bills them directly," said Robert Schroeder, the city's project manager. "They need to register with the new company."
Pataskala officials will host an open house for residents to meet Big "O" representatives and register for trash hauling from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at Pataskala City Hall, 621 W. Broad St.
Residents also can register online at bigorefuse.com or call the company's offices at 888-924-2446 or 740-345-2086.
Pataskala City Council approved legislation in March authorizing the bid process and allowing the administration to contract with the lowest bidder for residential trash pickup.
Four companies bid on the contract and the lowest bidder was Big "O" Refuse, which will charge residents $11.43 per month, plus a fuel surcharge.
Currently, residents pay $11.67 a month, plus a fuel surcharge, through the city's contract with Waste Management, which expires Sept. 30.
The city has contracted with Waste Management for nine years.
Schroeder said city officials chose Big "O" in May and signed a three-year contract after reviewing the company's credentials and talking to other communities that use its services.
Schroeder said Big "O" Refuse will provide the same service as Waste Management, picking up trash between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and allowing residents to recycle.
Residents can use their own containers or rent one from Big "O" Refuse for $2.75 a month.