TUPELO – Tupelo residents will not face a fee increase in the new trash and recycling contract approved Tuesday between the Tupelo City Council and Waste Management, the current provider of the city service.
With little discussion, City Council members voted unanimously to approve the contract that involves residential waste collection for more than 13,000 single-family residences who pay $15.97 per month.
The current contract expires this month, while the recently approved contract is good for four years with the potential to extend for another two years.
The contract calls for the city to pay Waste Management $12.44 per residential customer. With the difference between what residents pay the city and how much Waste Management charges, Tupelo will fund costs associated with sanitation collection, which includes brush and large item pickup by five full-time employees.
In Fiscal Year 2012, the city had more than a $150,000 deficit in the sanitation fund.
Ward 7 Councilman Willie Jennings said the council may consider decreasing the cost of the twice-a-week trash collection and once-weekly recycling later in the year, depending on city finances.
“I want the citizens to know we fought to make sure there wasn’t an increase (in cost),” he said.
Among the council members who voted in favor of the new contract, Mike Bryan of Ward 6 accepted a $250 campaign contribution from Waste Management. He didn’t attend the June 18 meeting when the City Council voted to select the company as the preferred vendor for the new contract.
He did not comment Tuesday when asked about the contract.