Kettering trash bins to line roads in 1st vendor switch in 15 years

If you’re in Kettering later this month, don’t be surprised to see trash and recycling bins lining streets for several days.

The city is asking Waste Management’s estimated 18,000 customers to leave those containers at the curb starting June 24 as it transitions to a contract with Rumpke, the first such vendor change for Kettering in 15 years.

“Residents need to know that on or after June 24, they really need to leave the Waste Management carts at the curb,” Assistant City Manager Steve Bergstresser said. “Don’t bring them back to your house. Otherwise, Waste Management won’t be able to pick them up.”

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Until the contract with Rumpke starts July 1, “there’ll be a significant amount of carts at the curb,” Bergstresser added. “And we understand that. We’re OK with that.”

He said “we’ve been pushing Waste Management very hard for a plan to remove their existing carts” and expects the removal process “will last a week or two.”

Rumpke has a five-year contract with Kettering, officials said.

New monthly customer rates, according to the city, will include: regular curbside service, $15.25; subscription houseside service, $33; qualified senior curbside service, $7.63 per month; and qualified senior houseside service, $16.50.

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The current curbside rate with Waste Management is $41.46 for three months and Bergstresser said company officials told him in mid-2019 that renewing or extending the contract would come with a “significant” hike in rates.

Rumpke’s contract includes a renewal option and annual rate hikes consistent with Consumer Price Index - or CPI - increases for water, sewer and trash rates, but capped at 3% a year, Bergstresser said.

Rumpke’s trash collection will take place Monday through Friday, according to the city, and collection days will not change for customers, but pick-up times may vary.

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Customers are encouraged to put carts out the night before service, Kettering officials said.

“Our team has been working hand-in-hand with city officials and we are excited for this contract to start,” said Jake Rumpke, region vice president of Rumpke Waste & Recycling, in a statement released by the company.

“Several Rumpke employees, including our customer service manager, live in Kettering. This is very close to home for us,” he added.

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The Cincinnati-area based Rumpke is the 11th largest waste hauler in North America, with $643.3 million in 2018 revenue, according to Waste Today magazine.

Waste Management, headquartered in Houston and employing 43,200, is first on Waste Today’s list. It had $14.9 billion in 2018 revenues, $4.9 billion ahead of No. 2 Republic Services, the magazine reported.

Rumpke sent two mailers to Kettering residents and city officials said they have been providing information about the change on social media and in newsletters.

Last week Rumpke began delivering new carts to residents and starting this week the city will likely leave phone messages with customers as reminders of the switch, officials said.

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