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Posted on: February 16, 2017

Waste Management Contract Proposed Changes


The following information is a summary of the proposed changes to the solid waste agreement between the City of Ludington and Republic Services. The City Council is anticipated to consider these changes at its February 27th or March 6th City Council meeting.

The current five-year Solid Waste, Yard Waste Collection and Recycling Service Agreement between the City of Ludington and Republic Services expires on December 31, 2017. Republic Services is proposing the following revisions to the Agreement:

• Keep the annual spring cleanup event in 2017. However, beginning in 2018, eliminate the annual spring cleanup event and replace it with a monthly bulky item curbside service. Under this new program, on the resident’s first collection day of each month, Republic Services would pick up from the curbside in front of the resident’s house at no additional charge:
o Two (2) bulky items; or
o Two (2) non-Freon appliances; or
o One (1) bulky item and one (1) non-Freon appliance; or
o One (1) bulky item and three (3) additional 33-gallon bags of trash; or
o One (1) non-Freon appliance and three (3) additional 33-gallon bags of trash; or
o Up to six (6) additional 33-gallon bags, which is in addition to the three (3) 33-gallon containers or bags that Republic Services picks up as part of its basic service. Therefore, a resident could place at the curb up to nine (9) 33-gallon bags of trash on the first collection day of each month at no charge and with no need to purchase any stickers. This service would be provided every month of the year.
• Reduce the level of service at the Convenience Disposal Center in 2017 and eliminate it entirely in 2018 due to 1) very low usage by residents (less than 1% of residents use it); and 2) the loss of the current downtown location as a result of the redevelopment of the Bowling Alley Block. The center would be available in 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month from May – September.
• The current agreement allows residents (but not commercial properties) to purchase a bulky item sticker for $5. This portion of the service would not change. Republic Services is proposing to implement a new bulky item sticker program for commercial properties. Owners of commercial properties could purchase up to five stickers per week at a cost of $15 per sticker for the removal of bulky items.

• The fee charged by Republic Services currently changes each year by the change in a specific Consumer Price Index (CPI) with a maximum annual increase of 3.0%. Effective January 1, 2018, Republic Services is proposing to switch to the Water and Sewer and Trash Index with a maximum annual increase of 2.5%. Republic Services states that this index better reflects the cost of providing these services to the City.
• The 2018 rate charged to the City would remain unchanged from the 2017 rate, so any change in the rates as a result of a change in the Water and Sewer and Trash Index would not occur until January 1, 2019.
• The Agreement would be extended with a term from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2022.

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