Lower waste rates, more recycling for city
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
September 15, 2012 12:48 AM | 1641 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — Next month, Woodstock residents will see reduced rates and more recycling options from the city’s new waste services.

Beginning the week of Oct. 15, Waste Management will replace Advanced Disposal as the city’s garbage and recycling hauler.

City Clerk Rhonda Pezzello said the move will reduce residents’ quarterly rate of $28.20 from the current rate of $41.16. The new contract was unanimously approved by council at its Nov. 16, 2011, council meeting.

The city agreed upon the three-year contract at $9.40 per month, giving residents a quarterly cost savings of $12.96, which amounts to $51.84 per year.

Pezzello said the city began announcing the transition last year in order to give residents enough notice about the change.

“We wanted to have enough time for residents to adapt to the change,” Pezzello said. “Now, we’re doing the full-fledged push to let people know.”

The city’s contract with Advanced Disposal expires mid-October and by Oct. 12, bins and carts will also be picked up by the company.

Additionally, Waste Management and Rehrig Pacific Co. will deliver new 96-gallon garbage carts with lids and larger, 64-gallon recycling carts and/or bins to residents beginning Oct. 1-14, including weekends, but those containers should not be used until Oct. 15.

Marla Prince, community relations director for Waste Management, said the larger bins will serve residents more efficiently and will enable the city to provide more expanded services.

“It’s good for the environment, good for the city, good for the city’s botttom line, and just right thing to do,” Prince said.

So far, Pezzello said the city hasn’t heard anything from residents about the change.

“If they’re saving money, they’re probably happy,” she said.

Residents should note a $5 bill was sent by Advanced Disposal at the end of August for the service during the first two weeks of October. To receive this service, that bill must be paid no later than Sept. 30.

Pezzello said the first bill from Waste Management will be sent by Nov. 1 to cover two-and-a-half months of service (the last half of October as well as November and December.) The next bill residents will receive will be Dec. 1 for the first quarter of 2013—January, February and March.

Residents can also take advantage of Waste Management’s “Think Green” program, which provides services including CFL lightbulb recycling, as well as online bill pay.

Pezzello said most residents will not see a change in their normal pickup schedule, except for those in the Woodlands subdivision and the Downtown Woodstock Development, formerly Hedgewood. Service to Woodlands will change from Monday to Wednesday and DWD service will change from Tuesday to Thursday.

She also noted an important brochure from Waste Management is tied to the new carts that are being delivered and encouraged residents to read it.

Holidays with no residential garbage pickup are as follows: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King’s birthday. If trash pickup is missed due to a holiday or inclement weather, it will be picked up on the following day.

Effective Oct. 10, commercial solid waste providers will be by open franchise, meaning businesses will be able to choose their haulers from a list approved by the city. These include: Advanced Disposal , American Disposal Services Inc., Commercial Disposal, North Metro Waste Inc., Republic Services of Georgia, Waste Management of Atlanta and Waste Pro.

Residents are encouraged to contact Waste Management with additional questions or concerns at (404) 794-6707 or www.wm.com

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