Madison Township must complete negotiations for a new residential trash-hauling contract in the coming months, and the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio again is assisting with the bidding process.

The township's current three-year contract with Local Waste Services expires Aug. 31.

"We will need time to award the bid and get all of the billing, resident notifications, etc., coordinated through the hauler to have service ready for September 2019," township Administrator Susan Brobst said.

Residents currently pay $14.17 per month and are billed quarterly for the service, which includes recycling and yard waste. A mobile 96-gallon toter is available for $7.50 per month. Senior citizens -- those 65 years and older -- receive a $1.50 monthly discount.

Collections are done between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

By law, all residential properties in Franklin County are required to have trash service. In Madison Township, residents must use the contracted trash-hauler, according to the township's webpage.

Businesses may select their own trash hauler.

Madison Township is part of SWACO's Consortium Program, which "has been assisting communities with realizing greater value from their waste hauling contracts through a competitive collaborative bidding process for curbside trash, recycling and yard waste hauling services," the agency's website said.

SWACO's community consortium program was created in 2005, with three consortiums representing 21 communities and 85,000 Franklin County households, according to the website.

The program has successfully bid and awarded 49 municipal solid-waste collection contracts, including Madison Township's current contract, according to SWACO's website.

The township's current contract with Local Waste Services has restrictions, Brobst said.

"Earlier this year, the SWACO attorney looked specifically at our language and realized in changing to the three years (in 2016), no additional provisions were included that would allow us to opt-in to an extension of the current contract or even to opt-in to any other Consortium No. 2 contracts," she said.

SWACO's Consortium No. 2 includes 14,700 residential households in Brice, Clinton, Madison, Pleasant, Sharon and Truro townships and the cities of Groveport and Whitehall.

The program has been able to help negotiate fees ranging from $14 to $15.53 per household per month.

"Local Waste has a huge percentage of the consortium business," Madison Township trustees Chairman John Kershner said. "But they are not offering us to continue at the current rate."

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