Members of the Central Ohio Consortium, which includes 10 municipalities and townships, are passing legislation to solicit bids for recycling services for the next five years.
New Albany City Council on Feb. 5 voted 6-0 -- with Mike Mott absent -- to approve a resolution seeking bids for recycling services.
Plain Township trustees followed suit Feb. 6, unanimously approving legislation for recycling bids.
Mark Nemec, New Albany's service director, said the 10 communities work together to obtain better bids on trash hauling and recycling pickup.
He said the consortium includes Bexley, Dublin, Gahanna, New Albany, Reynoldsburg, Westerville and Blendon, Mifflin, Plain and Washington townships.
The consortium is interested in bidding recycling services this year to see if a company other than Rumpke or Waste Management would install a recycling facility in the area and accept recyclables from the 10 communities, Nemec said.
Rumpke and Waste Management are the only two companies with recycling centers in central Ohio, he said.
The consortium is operating under a five-year contract with Rumpke for trash, yard waste and recycling pickup. It expires Dec. 31, 2014, Nemec said.
All residents who live in communities that are members of the consortium have a base payment of $15.89 per month for trash pickup, Nemec said.
He said each community can have different fees on top of the base payment, including a fuel surcharge that fluctuates with fuel prices.
In New Albany, residents also pay a billing fee for Rumpke, which handles all trash billing, Nemec said.
There also is a fee that Rumpke pays to dump trash in the landfill operated by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. That, too, fluctuates and is passed on to residents, said Councilwoman Colleen Briscoe, who has served as New Albany's liaison to SWACO.
Plain Township administrator Ben Collins said every community can pay a different rate, depending on the number of fees it has added to the base rate. He said Plain Township's base rate also is $15.89 per month.
Nemec said each community coordinates its own pickup days. In New Albany, trash and recyclables are picked up on Tuesdays.
He said other communities can separate trash and recyclable pickups.
Nemec said the consortium will need to seek bids for trash-hauling this year, as well. Bids will be reviewed before recommendations are made for member communities to approve, he said.