The Violet Township board of trustees voted 3-0 Feb. 1 to authorize township Director of Operations John Eisel to process resident "opt-out" requests for exemption from the township's newly adopted single-trash hauler contract.

The three-year contract with Local Waste Services Ltd. will begin April 1. Residents in unincorporated portions of Violet Township then will have only one dedicated hauler collecting their refuse.

Eisel said the legislation simply means any resident can opt out of the contract if they have another legal means to dispose of refuse.

"It's in our bid (specifications)," he said.

"We know there are residents who own their own business or have a farm that has a dumpster. They can dispose of (trash) on their own so this will make sure they're not paying double (the) cost," Eisel said.

Thus far there have been only three requests to opt out of the contract, he said, adding the response from township residents has been positive.

"This is something that's been discussed in Violet Township for 30 years. This will save our residents significant money," Eisel said.

Affected township residents are to receive a letter explaining the terms of the contract and all options, including curbside recycling, offered by Local Waste, Eisel said.

"We need residents to watch out for an envelope from Local Waste Services." he said. "It should go out starting the week of Feb. 13."

Township trustee Darrin Monhollen said no longer will township neighborhoods be subject to numerous haulers traversing roadways on different days.

"A lot of people quite frankly thought this was long overdue," Monhollen said.

"From an aesthetic standpoint there no longer will be garbage sitting out by the curbs all week and it will also protect the investment in our roads," Monhollen said.

He said township officials made sure the process of switching to a single-refuse-hauler contract was open and transparent.

"We did public meetings and got materials out," Monhollen said. "We really did our due diligence to educate the public.

Eisel said area refuse-hauling companies have been notified the Local Waste contract commences April 1.

April 7 marks the first collection day for Local Waste Services and residents are asked to have their waste and recyclables in the appropriate containers placed at the curb by 6 a.m. All materials will be collected on Fridays.

Solid waste collection will be billed by Local Waste at $11.50 a month on a quarterly basis. Optional bi-weekly recycling will be $3.95 a month, also billed quarterly. Optional cart rental will be offered for $3 a month.

A 10-percent senior discount for residents 62 years or older will be available, subject to proof of age and head of household requirements.

Those requesting the senior discount can mail a copy of their driver's license and a utility bill to: Local Waste Services, 1300 S. Columbus Airport Road, Columbus, Ohio 43207.

To sign up for optional recycling or to request a cart, call the Local Waste Services customer service department at 614-409-9375.

Eisel said the four Violet Township recycling stations currently sponsored by the Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Recycling Center will remain open.

"Residents will still have the option of taking their recycling to those locations," he said.