Middleburg Heights keeps current trash hauler

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio – Middleburg Heights City Council unanimously passed a bill at its February 9 session authorizing Mayor Matt Castelli to sign a five-year contract with the city’s current garbage truck, Republic Services, a Browning Ferris Industries company.

“We received four offers, but Republic was the only option for one-day pick-up and manual pick-up,” said service director Jim Herron to the council. “It’s a five-year contract and we have the option (up to five one-year renewals).”

The members of the finance committee first discussed options for garbage transportation last June, and at that time decided to keep the city’s manual garbage and recycling services while soliciting offers from other service providers.

Middleburg Heights fully subsidizes the cost of garbage and recycling services for its 5,300 households.

City officials had been looking for prices for a variety of options including fully automated collection, manual collection, and a combination of both. Castelli pointed out garbage trucks that had submitted proposals and only presented fully automated pick-up options over several days.

The new contract continues the weekly bulk pick-up service.

“Republic Services was the only bidder that stopped us on a one-day pickup, which I think is good for the community,” said Castelli. “They can also still collect them manually, as we have always done. I think that’s another benefit and they have the flexibility to switch to other survey methods. “

Residents will receive a notification in spring with information on advanced recycling options.

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