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Gulfport Council delays vote on trash contract

Gulfport city council members want more information before voting on a new, six-year contract with Waste Pro.  (Photo source: WLOX) Gulfport city council members want more information before voting on a new, six-year contract with Waste Pro.  (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Gulfport city council members want more information before voting on a new, six-year contract with Waste Pro. 

Waste Pro is the city’s current provider, and one of four companies to make presentations to city leaders. A new contract was on the council's Tuesday agenda, but city leaders decided to hold off on a vote until the contract was finalized with price details. Council members say any change in charge for service will be minimal.

Here's what we know the contract includes: Waste Pro will continue to pick up trash at Gulfport homes twice a week. However, recycling pick up around the city will be reduced to every other week. 

Right now, only 15 percent of Gulfport homeowners actually recycle, so a public education program will be used to increase those numbers. 

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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.

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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.

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