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Harrison Co. residents to pay more, get less with new garbage contract

The Harrison County Utility Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to award a new six-year contract with Team Waste.  (Photo source: WLOX) The Harrison County Utility Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to award a new six-year contract with Team Waste.  (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Harrison County households which receive garbage service from Waste Pro, will have a new garbage company beginning October 1st. The Harrison County Utility Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to award a new six-year contract with Team Waste. 

Residents will pay $2.47 more per month and will have garbage pickup just once a week, rather than the current twice weekly. Still, board members say it's a good deal given the rising costs in the industry. 

Executive Director Donald Scharr says the new cost is actually just pennies more per month than the 2012 cost of garbage service. Several quality control components are built into this new contract, making it easier for the utility authority and the garbage company to track and resolve customer complaints. 

“After negotiations, we're looking at a total cost for all of those services of $14.36,” executive director, Donald Scharr told the board.

Residents will receive a new 95-gallon garbage cart and a 35-gallon recycling cart on wheels. With this larger recycling container, board members expressed hope that more people would recycle; saving space in the landfill and reducing the cost of hauling garbage. 

Additionally, the garbage carts will also be equipped with computer chips to help track performance.

Under the new contract, the Harrison County Utility Authority will own the garbage carts by the end of the six-year agreement. The carts will have a 10-year warranty.

“We will be holding their money. We will do a quarterly review to determine whether or not they've met the requirements. And they've got about two pages worth of very specific requirements that certainly identify the most common problems that we've seen,” said Scharr.

The City of Gulfport is not a part of the new garbage service and contract. Gulfport decided weeks ago that the city would negotiate its own deal for garbage service.

The outgoing company promised to assist with the transition, including letting employees interview with the new company.

“One of the things that happens when you go through a transition, is the drivers and helpers that are actually out there doing the work, they're nervous about their jobs. They don't know if they're going to be hired by the new company or not,” said Tim Herman, with Waste Pro.

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