Spring Hill government weighing three options for trash collection with current contract nearing expiration


Spring Hill government weighing three options for trash collection with current contract nearing expiration

Photo courtesy of the city of Spring Hill

By ALEXANDER WILLIS

The Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen listened to presentations from three different garbage and recycling companies during a city meeting Monday night, as the city’s current contract for waste collections is set to expire on March 31 of this year.

The three companies that expressed interest in partnering with the city include Mount Pleasant-based company United Waste Haulers, Florida-based company Waste Pro, and Waste Management, who have acted as Spring Hill’s trash collections service since 1999, and is seeking to extend its partnership with the city.

United Waste Haulers, which has served various communities in Middle Tennessee for 12 years, would provide both recycling and trash receptacles for city residents, and use newly purchased garbage trucks, all equipped with tablets, cameras, and state of the art technology. Trash would be collected on a weekly basis, recyclables on a bi-weekly basis, and taken to its facility in Mount Pleasant. A United Waste Haulers spokesperson said the contract would see the city charged $1,717 monthly for collections services.

Waste Pro, which was founded in 2001, is based in Longwood, Florida. It currently serves 75 locations across nine different states. Waste Pro would also pickup trash on a weekly basis and recyclables on a bi-weekly basis, and charge the city $15 per home served.

Waste Management, who currently serves the city’s collections needs, was also seeking partnership with the city, giving a presentation to city officials during Monday’s meeting. Waste Management currently serves more than 21 million customers across the U.S. with over 6,800 collection trucks, and has also made huge strides environmental conservation over the years by continuing to cut its trucks’ carbon emissions.

“We have employees that live here, so we have a lot invested in this city,” said Dawn Cole of Waste Management in a previous comment. “It’s been wonderful to be a part of it; we’ve watched you grow, we’ve watched you change, [and] we’re excited for your future.”

The city will vote on which company will serve residents’ trash and recyclable collection needs during the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

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