Hilliard City Council on April 22 is expected to renew a five-year contract with Local Waste Services that would increase the annual cost per household by $5 for solid-waste and recycling services.

The legislation was moved out of committee April 8.

Only two companies bid for the new contract, said Hilliard service director Albert Iosue.

They were Local Waste Services, the current service provider, and Rumpke Waste & Recycling.

Local Waste Services was the lower bidder, Iosue said, with a "truly reasonable" bid.

Hilliard's citywide collection day will remain Tuesday.

"That's the day our residents are familiar with," Iosue said.

Local Waste Services also will collect yard waste.

The city's five-year contract with Local Waste Services expires June 30. At the end of the contract, residents will pay $16.78 per month, per household. That rate includes a 35-cent-per-month pass-through increase, effective May 1, which Rumpke levied for processing at its material-recovery facility. Local Waste Services and other solid-waste-disposal providers use the MRF, the only one in central Ohio, Iosue said.

The new contract with Local Waste Services will be effective July 1 and extend to June 30, 2024.

The new rate is $17.20 per month, per household, or $206.40 per year.

Residents are billed twice a year, said David Ball, Hilliard's director of communications.

The increase amounts to a 42-cent-per-month, per-household increase, or the equivalent of an annual increase of $5.04, per year, per household, Iosue said.

The new rate is close to the monthly per-household rate that a 10-member consortium received from Rumpke, he said.

The cities of Bexley, Dublin, Gahanna, New Albany, Reynoldsburg and Westerville, and Blendon, Mifflin, Plain and Washington townships are members of the consortium and collectively have more than 55,000 households, according to Iosue.

Consortium members entered into a new five-year contract with Rumpke on Jan. 1 at a per-month, per-household rate of $17.06.

Hilliard has fewer than 10,000 households, yet received a bid only 14 cents higher per month, Iosue said.

Rumpke's bid to provide service to Hilliard was $18.20 per month, per household, or $1 per month, per household higher than the bid from Local Waste Services, he said.

Local Waste Services did not respond to an alternate bid for automated collection but that does not rule out the possibility of automated collection during the term of the new contract, Iosue said.

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