Tupelo City Council to vote on trash provider

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 6/17/2013 10:49 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tupelo City Council awaits a vote to decide whether Waste Management will be the city's waste provider for the next four years.

It's a decision that affects everyone living in Tupelo, but only three council members showed up for the vote, something Ward 2 Councilman Fred Pitts wasn't expecting.

"It is one of the biggest contracts this city has," Pitts said. "I'm a little surprised everyone wasn't there."

On June 16, three of the seven council members nominated Waste Management to be Tupelo's trash provider.

Now, the entire council awaits a vote to approve or decline the nomination.

If approved, Waste Management will be the service provider, and the details of the contract will be negotiated soon after by the new council.

If declined, the council must choose another waste provider.

Last month, three companies vied for the contract, including R&R Waste Solutions, Waste Pro and Waste Management, the current provider.

Both Ward 1 councilman Markel Whittington and Ward 2 Fred Pitts say they will vote for Waste Management.

"All of the R-F-Q'S were close in price," Whittington said. "We have a history with Waste Management , so i felt that was the best option for the city of Tupelo."

Assuming Waste Management is chosen as the provider, Whittington believes the cost will not increase.

"I would venture to say there is probably not gonna be an increase," he said. "What we're trying to do is negotiate the price so there will be a decrease."

Pitts and Whittington believe the trash pick up days will remain the same, being two trash pick ups a week and one recycle pick up every other week.

"Most of my constituents like to stay with the two trash and one every other week with the recycle," Whittington said.

The current rate for trash and recycle pick up is $12.44 per residential home.

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