Alcorn schools consider waste proposal

By The Associated Press

CORINTH — The Alcorn School District is considering a proposal that might cut its waste management costs in half.

The Daily Corinthian reports that Ripley-based Resourceful Environmental Services wants to handle the district’s garbage pickup business.

According to its proposal, RES would dispose of the district’s waste for about $4,450 per month, plus an extra $250 monthly for using Vert-I-Pak disposal containers at three cafeterias in the district. The Alcorn district currently contracts with Waste Management Inc. at a cost of about $8,800 per month.

Assistant Superintendent Wayne Henry told the school board at its meeting earlier this week that he has received good results from reference checks with some RES clients.

“I’ve talked to people they do business with, some of the schools, and got positive reviews on the work they’ve done,” Henry said.

Board members say there is no contract renewal date for the deal with Waste Management; it’s automatically renewed in the absence of a 90-day notice.

After a brief discussion of the proposal, Board President Randy Wilbanks indicated there will be more discussions.

“We’ll get back to you,” he told RES Executive Vice President Ronny Ketchum.