XENIA — Some major changes are looming for residents’ trash pickup.
City Council Tuesday approved a new contract with Rumpke that includes required totes in which residents must place trash and an automated collection system where an arm extends from the truck and picks up the containers.
Council had been discussing trash collection for several weeks and chose the automated system as the best option to achieve three objectives: minimize cost; improve the aesthetics of the city and increase the recycling rate.
Under terms of the contract, each resident will be provided a 96-gallon trash container free. A second container can be rented for $4 per month. A 65-gallon recycling tote will be provided free upon resident’s request. All trash must be placed in the containers or it will not be picked up unless it is placed in an overage bag, which would cost $4 per bag.
Bulk pickup is available free once a month.
There are also options for those physically unable to take the containers to the curb.
The monthly rate is $12.70 for 2016, $12.95 in 2017 and $13.21 in 2018 with similar increases in the final two years as well. The rates are comparable to rates being charged in surrounding communities, however many cities are not providing the containers and do not have the automated service.
City Manager Brent Merriman conceded its a big change and calls have begun to trickle in, but the new contract will benefit residents.
“It is really across the board for the positive,” he said. “It’s going to be a much, much better service.”
The city will publicize the changes, Merriman said, which are not expected to take full effect until late spring or early summer.
Contract Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.