Middleburg Heights explores trash hauling options

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio – Middleburg Heights will maintain its current manual garbage and recycling services, at least for the time being.

Mayor Matt Castelli and the city council discussed garbage collection options during the June 1st Finance Committee meeting. Treasury director Jason Stewart submitted offers from three companies vying for a five-year contract to supply the city’s 5,297 households.

Options included manual capture, fully automated capture, and various combinations of the two. Service manager Jim Herron emphasized that the weekly bulk collection will continue regardless of the carrier.

Republic Services delivered $ 6.3 million per year (fully automated waste and recycling) and $ 6.7 million (manual waste collection and recycling) one-day collection bids.

Kimble Recycling and Disposal was delivering quotes for citywide collections two days a week. Full automation cost $ 6.2 million annually (excluding additional cost per ton for roll-off containers) and manual collection with automated recycling cost $ 6.7 million.

Rumpke Waste and Recycling made a non-compliant offer and was also not the lowest or the best.

When the city switches to automated collection, households will receive their first garbage and recycling trucks free of charge. City council members said residents’ opinions were generally divided or more negative about whether the city should make the move.

“I’ve mostly heard people say they don’t want it, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea,” said Councilor Mike Ference.

“Half of the people say they should do it and the other half say they are happy with what they have,” said Council Chairman David Bortolotto.

However, automated collection under a new contract could save the city $ 100,000 a year, the mayor said. The current contract with the Republic has a 90-day notice period.

“We got this deal going in the last three or four years,” said Councilor Matt McGregor. “As much as our city has lost (financially due to the coronavirus pandemic), we really need to make sure that we do as much as possible to protect taxpayers and wallets. This is a prime example. “

Castelli suggested the option of keeping the current services while working towards possible automation over the next five years.

At the urging of Bortolotto, an open forum is being planned for residents to contribute before a final decision is made.

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