Alcorn schools consider waste disposal savings

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – The Alcorn County school board is considering a proposal that would replace its current waste disposal provider and reduce its cost by almost 50 percent.
Assistant Superintendent Wayne Henry presented the proposal from Resourceful Environmental Services of Ripley at Monday’s board meeting.
Currently Waste Management Inc. disposes of the school district’s waste at a cost of about $8,800 per month, Henry said. RES has submitted a proposal to handle the district’s waste disposal at a cost of $4,450 per month. However, if RES uses the county’s preferred disposal container at cafeteria locations – Vert-I-Pak – it would add $250 per month at each of three sites.
Reference checks with some of RES’s clients have been favorable, and Henry said he is contacting some additional ones.
Board member Carroll Morton asked if there is any penalty or what would be the notice needed for ending the relationship with Waste Management.
The district does not have a current contract but has been providing the service for a number of years, said superintendent office staff.
A similar arrangement in Tippah County where a school district switched from Waste Management to RES required only a 60 day notice, RES spokesman Ronny Ketchum told the board. The proposal was taken under advisement for further consideration.
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