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.
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.