Evansville approves new automated garbage system

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Gina Duwe
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

EVANSVILLE--Evansville residents will have the choice between three sizes of wheeled carts when the city switches to automated garbage and recycling at the end of the year.

The Evansville City Council approved a new, seven-year contract with its current provider, Advanced Disposal, at its meeting Tuesday night.

The vote was unanimous, said Dan Wietecha, Evansville city administrator.

The vote came after council members tabled the issue last month over concerns about the 95-gallon carts being too difficult for older residents to manage and too large to fit in smaller garages, Wietecha said.

The city worked with Advanced Disposal to revise the contract, so residents now will be able to choose between carts that are 35, 65 or 95 gallons, he said. Whichever size they select, residents would receive both garbage and recycling carts in that size. If they want to switch sizes in the future, residents would have to pay for new carts.

The 95-gallon carts will be the default size for residents who do not pick one.

The new contract also calls for a switch from weekly recycling collection to every-other-week collection, so residents will need to consider that when choosing a cart size, Wietecha said.

The change to have a choice between cart sizes does not change the price of the contract, he said. The new contract likely means a $14 increase on residents' tax bills.

The increase in cost is not necessarily due to the cost of new carts, Wietecha said. In fact, it would have cost more to stay with the traditional, bagged pick-up, he said.

The $14 fee pays for garbage pick-up, leaf collection, yard waste and brush collection and the yard waste site being open two days a week during the summer.

The city hopes to have the new, automated system in place by the first of the year, Wietecha said.

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