MACON, Miss. (WTVA/Macon Beacon) -- The Macon Board of Aldermen has voted to use a private company for garbage collection in the city.
WTVA News partner the Macon Beacon reports the board voted unanimously to award the contract to Mississippi Industrial Waste.
The city had been receiving service from Noxubee County, but looked for other options after the county notified Macon leaders they would have to raise collection rates.
Supervisors told city leaders the cost of dumping bulk items like couches, chairs, and mattresses was driving up their operating costs.
City leaders had complained to the county about the way county workers abused garbage containers when dumping trash into the trucks.
Mississippi Industrial Waste bid of $11.49 per month was the only one submitted, but was lower than the county's proposed new rate of $12.
Macon officials charge residential customers $14 per month and collects the fee with water, sewer and electric bills.
The Beacon reports the change will take affect on September 1.