GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport has a six-year contract with Waste Pro on the Tuesday agenda. Waste Pro is the city's current provider, and the resolution on Tuesday's agenda says it's one of four companies to make presentations to city leaders.
Here's what that contract includes: Waste Pro will continue to pick up trash at Gulfport homes twice a week.
"It's a pretty big deal that we're keeping twice a week garbage service since over 60 percent of our users currently use it twice a week," said Councilman Rusty Walker.
However, recycling pick up around the city will be reduced to every other week. Walker says that's because only 15 percent of Gulfport homeowners actually recycle.
"It does not make sense to pay trucks to pollute our air and run our roads every week hunting for the 15 percent of people that recycle," said Walker.
A public education program will begin to get more people to recycle.
What will garbage collection cost Gulfport residents? That, Walker says, will be released once all contracts are signed. Expect to hear the cost to Gulfport residents at Tuesday's meeting.
One other note, the city has asked Waste Pro to use back loader trucks instead of the fork lift apparatus used now. Gulfport leaders believe the back loader is more efficient because trash crews can pick up all trash at one time.
"Overall, we are expecting a much cleaner and neater collection than we currently receive," said Walker.
In this instance, Gulfport broke away from the Harrison County Utility Authority and negotiated its own trash collection contract. The HCUA just inked dual six-year deals with Team Waste and Pelican.
Team Waste will offer once a week trash pick up and once a week recycling pick up for everyone in Harrison County outside of Gulfport. Pelican will remove curbside debris once a week.
The HCUA deal will cost residents in Biloxi, D'Iberville, Long Beach, Pass Christian, and unincorporated sections of Harrison County $12.64 per month.