Miami Twp. could save on trash charges

Waste Management cites 24 years of work with township.

Longtime provider Waste Management Inc. has proposed cutting costs for the township’s 9,768 residential customers, according to one of two bids submitted for a three-year contract.

WMI and Republic Services were the two firms submitting bids to Miami Twp. as trustees consider options with a three-year deal set to expire in December.

The township’s board of trustees is scheduled Tuesday to consider a resolution on a contract and a vote is expected, said Vice President Robert Matthews.

“We’ll evaluate them and make a decision that’s best for the residents,” he said, noting that officials are seeking “better price/service for residents.”

WMI now charges Miami Twp. residential customers $11.69 a month for trash and recycling services, adding $3 per month for toter rental, records show. That amount is more than $2 a month what the company is proposing to charge residential customers for the next three years.

For trash, recycling and a toter, WMI is offering to charge $12.17 while Republic is proposing $15.09, according to the bids.

WMI cited a 24-year relationship with Miami Twp. as among the reasons it should be awarded the contract.

“Our longstanding partnership with the township has yielded an in-depth familiarity with the community and what it takes to deliver superior waste and recycling programs,” according to a letter by Tom Turchiano of Waste Management Ohio Inc.

In its bid, Republic said it will work toward a smooth transition.

“We understand that change can sometimes be contentious,” Republic Municipal Manager Jeff Wilson wrote, “and pledge to work diligently with the city staff and its residents to transition the waste and recycling service seamlessly.”

Trustees decided in June to revisit the township’s trash and recycling options, which included another year on the current contract.

The township conducted an online survey. It found that 82 percent of respondents said they were either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their overall service despite a series of changes in recent years.

For more than four decades, the township depended on two levies to finance refuse collection. That changed in 2012, when voters defeated a renewal levy, prompting the township to use nearly $200,000 a year from the general fund to subsidize the program, records show.

In 2013, trustees voted to cancel the second levy, and residents were billed directly by Waste Management.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Miami Twp. Government Center, 2700 Lyons Road.

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