Kingsburg's longtime contract with Waste Management expires next month. City Manager Alex Henderson wants the council to adopt a new contract with Mid-Valley Disposal. Rates will stay the same. But because of a higher franchise fee and better recycling program, the city expects to save about $1 million over the next decade.
Some residents are upset, though. They feel like the bidding process was too rushed. They also don't like the fact that Mid-Valley will have an exclusive contract for "rolloffs". Those are the big dumpsters people can rent when they have a lot of trash to toss away (like during a remodeling project). They feel like this'll put smaller companies out of business. Henderson says consolidating all the services into one contract will help ensure that the city is complying with state mandates for recycling.
Also, critics ask why the city is charging customers $25.10 a month for trash, while it only pays the trash company $16. The city manager says the surplus goes back to the utility fund, to pay for things like green waste containers, insurance and salaries. It does not go into the general fund. Hear from residents and city officials in the story.
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