Most Groveport residents like setting out their trash in their own containers and using the provided recycling bin -- and they want to keep it that way, according to a recent survey.

With the city's five-year contract with Local Waste Services Ltd. expiring at the end of the year, residents were asked to complete the survey last month. Slightly more than half (50.1%) of the nearly 270 respondents said they wanted to maintain the "status quo."

"The status quo right now is put your trash out in any container of your choosing and set stuff next to it and it will all be picked up, and use the recycling totes that are provided," said Benjamin J. King, city administrator.

Currently, the city's 2,300 trash customers pay $41.75 every three months. Renewing the contract with Local Waste Services, which includes yard waste and bulk pickup, would increase the quarterly cost to $59.40.

Senior residents would continue to receive a discount.

Groveport is part of a consortium of central Ohio communities that participate in the bidding process administered through the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio's consortium program.

It helps communities realize "greater value from their waste-hauling contracts through a competitive, collaborative bidding process for curbside trash, recycling and yard-waste hauling services," according to SWACO's website.

Rumpke also provided bids for the consortium, but Local Waste Services had the lowest costs, King said.

The survey provided several possible options and prices under a new contract with Local Waste Services.

About 28% of respondents said they would prefer to retain the current trash collection method but also liked the idea of having a 64-gallon wheeled recycling cart, which is larger than a bin.

Three other options detailed in the survey would require residents to put trash in a cart provided by Local Waste Services, allowing for automated collection.

Quarterly charges for the automated services would be based on the size of the cart: 96 gallon ($56.40), 64 gallon ($53.40) and 48 gallon ($50.40).

The three options include one recycling cart; residents could rent additional trash and recycling carts for $2 each per month or $6 per quarter.

Bulk collection also would be available.

"The flexibility of setting stuff out or using your own container would not be there with these options," King said. "Also, for those people who have trash collected in an alley -- they would have to put it out on the curb to be collected."

Automated collection trucks would have difficulty navigating through alleys, King said.

City Council is expected to consider legislation regarding trash-collection service at its July 13 meeting, and more bids are expected by the end of the month.

At council's June 8 meeting, Mayor Lance Westcamp expressed support for the existing plan.

Both council president Jean Ann Hilbert and councilman Ed Dildine Jr. also support the existing plan but said 64-gallon carts would be beneficial.

Dildine said he likely would recycle more with a larger cart, and Hilbert said a cart with a lid would help keep debris off the streets.

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