Tupelo City Council evaluates trash pickup

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By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Not all Tupelo residents are sold on the idea of trash picked up half as much each week in the coming years.
In a work session Thursday, City Council members said they’ve gotten resistance from residents after floating the idea of fewer trash pickups each week while increasing the amount of recycling collection.
Tupelo’s trash and recycling contract with Waste Management ends at the end of July, leading City Council members to evaluate proposals from companies interested in the contract.
The city’s request for proposals required companies include two residential options – one that keeps trash pickups at twice a week and recycling collected once every two weeks, while the other option had trash and recycling each collected once weekly.
“I’m hearing from a lot of people not wanting trash picked up just one day a week,” Ward 7 Councilman Willie Jennings said during the work session.
Councilmen Jim Newell of Ward 3 and Mike Bryan of Ward 6 echoed similar statements.
Decreasing trash pickup in the city while increasing recycling collection would cost the city less money and help encourage more recycling.
Currently, single-family residential customers pay the city $15.97 a month for these services. City Council President Fred Pitts said the savings from negotiating a lesser fee would be passed on to residents.
After listening to representatives from Waste Management and RR Waste Solutions try to convince councilmen to choose their company for the new contract, Pitts said council members should continue to evaluate options.
“We’ve got some work to do, guys,” he said.
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