The City's contract with GFL Environmental (formerly Rizzo Environmental Services) has ended and we are now working with Priority Waste for garbage, recycling, and compost.
No action needs to be taken on your part. We are keeping the same 96-gallon bins for garbage, and 64-gallon bins for recycling. Your garbage will be picked up on the same day as it previously was. Now that ten years have gone by, the cost will increase from $10.86 to $15.56, still charged on your monthly water bill. This price was the lowest price received. Independence Day is of course on Tuesday, and the same rule applies as previously, that if your garbage day is Tuesday (July 4) or later in the week, your garbage day for that week is pushed back by one day. The observed holidays are New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Recycling items seem to be the same. To be sure, you can refer to their acceptable recycling materials flyer.
Bulk pickup will also stay the same. The same items that could previously be set at the curb, can still be set at the curb. Here's the text from their brochure on bulk items: "Items included in the bulk waste collection are furniture (i.e. couches, chairs, tables, beds, wrapped/bagged mattresses, box springs), refrigerators with freon removed and tagged by a licensed technician, and up to 5 rolls of carpet and padding (cut into 4 foot widths, rolled folded, and tiedmanageable for one person to handle). All doors on appliances must be removed for safety purposes. If you are not sure about an item, we are here to help. You can call us at 586-228-1200 or 855-WASTE-65. Excluded items are large amounts of building refuse, bricks, concrete blocks, and large quantities of furnishings and materials resulting from fire, basement flooding, or similar occurrences."
Need a new bin? Here is the language from our RFP: "The Contractor will be responsible for delivering carts to new customers throughout the duration of this contract and make repairs to damaged carts at no additional cost to the City throughout the duration of the contract."
Priority Waste can be contacted on their website.
Don't be surprised when the next truck to pick up your refuse is yellow instead of green or red!