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Garbage contract discussion set for May 27

Post Date:05/21/2020

The Keller City Council has called a special meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 to discuss the top two candidates for the city’s next garbage and recycling contract.

A subcommittee of City Council appointed last fall has narrowed the options down to two companies: Community Waste Disposal (CWD) and Frontier Waste Solutions. Discussion about the two candidates with the full council started at the May 5 meeting, and continued Tuesday night with presentations from both companies and a Q&A with the owners.

  • Council has asked both companies to provide staff with a “best and final” proposal, which will be discussed next week. They will be considering residential and commercial rates, companies’ plans for customer service, and more in their decision. While the two proposals are being finalized, here are a few things we already know:
  • Residential services will not change. Keller will continue to have twice-weekly garbage, weekly recycling, and curbside yard waste and bulk pickup. Recycling would continue with residents’ choice of rolling carts or 18-gallon bins, and trash would be handled as it is now in the container of residents’ choice.
  • The new contract will include curbside electronic waste and household hazardous waste collection. This will allow residents to dispose of these items properly throughout the year — diverting them from the landfill — rather than having to wait until the city’s twice-annual events or transporting materials to appropriate facilities.
  • While we are awaiting the companies’ “best and final,” discussions and proposals to date indicate that residential rates would increase with either company.
  • Council’s goal for next week’s meeting is to make their final selection and provide direction to staff on the next five-year contract. A vote on the final contract is scheduled for the regular meeting on June 2.

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