New Albany residents will continue to have the same trash service for at least the next three years at a slightly reduced cost per month.
New Albany City Council on June 17 voted 5-0 to approve a three-year contract with Rumpke. Mayor Nancy Ferguson and Chip Fellows were absent from the meeting.
The contract includes an option for two renewals after the three years expire.
Residents currently pay Rumpke $15.89 per month for unlimited trash, yard waste and recycling pickups on Thursdays. The fee includes a fuel surcharge that fluctuates with fuel prices.
Residents will pay $15.53 per month under the new contract for the same services and pickup day.
Plain Township Administrator Ben Collins said the trustees on June 18 approved the same contract as New Albany.
New Albany Service Director Mark Nemec said the city is part of a solid-waste disposal consortium formed in 2009 that includes nine central other Ohio communities: Bexley, Dublin, Gahanna, Reynoldsburg, Westerville and Blendon, Mifflin, Plain and Washington townships.
The communities "collectively bid and contract for refuse service." Each community can have different fees on top of the base payment, including a fuel surcharge that fluctuates with fuel prices, Nemec said.
The contracts signed in 2009 will expire at the end of 2014, he said.
The consortium reviewed bids from the following four contractors for trash collection: Inland Waste Solutions of Texas and Local Waste Services, Republic Services and Rumpke.
Each company was asked to provide bids keeping trash collections the same, using an automated truck that eliminates the need for someone to physically put the trash in a truck and a third option of the hauler's choice.
Nemec said after reviewing all the bids and all options, New Albany chose to contract with Rumpke because it can retain the same services and the same collection day for a lower price.
He said Rumpke was the only company that bid on recycling collection. Rumpke provides residents with 96-gallon or 18-gallon recycling bins and does not charge extra for processing, Nemec said.