Evansville council delays vote on garbage collection

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Nico Savidge
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

EVANSVILLE—The Evansville City Council on Tuesday tabled a vote on switching to an automated garbage and recycling cart system after members expressed concerns with the size of the carts.

Under a new, seven-year contract with its current provider, Advanced Disposal, residents would use wheeled, 95-gallon trash and recycling carts.

Council members were worried the carts could be difficult for older residents to manage and might not fit in smaller garages, City Administrator Dan Wietecha said.

The city wants to find out if there's any option for smaller carts, and it also needs time to clear up some language in its contract with Advanced Disposal, Wietecha said.

The council could vote on the contract at one of three upcoming meetings Sept. 26, 28 and Oct. 8, Wietecha said. Which meeting, exactly, will depend on how quickly Advanced Disposal responds to the city's questions, he said.

The change also would mean switching from weekly recycling collection to collection every two weeks, and a likely $10 to $12 increase on residents' tax bills.

Evansville's contract with Advanced Disposal expires at the end of the year, and the city received bids from five companies.

If approved, the switch to automated garbage and recycling collection would be made by Jan. 1.

Gazette reporter Gina Duwe contributed to this story

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