Tallmadge takes bids on trash haulers for 2021

Tallmadge will be looking at different trash haulers to begin pickup in 2021. Currently the city uses Republic Waste Services.

TALLMADGE – Mayor David Kline will be looking at a contract for city-wide trash pick up. Council approved authorizing the mayor to advertise for bids for the city-wide trash and recycling collection at the July 9 council meeting.

Currently the city uses Republic Waste Services to provide trash service for the city of Tallmadge. They provide the trash and recycle containers.

The contract with Republic Waste Services started in January 2014 and ran through 2017 and then the city entered into a new agreement in 2018 by piggybacking on the city of Barberton’s agreement.

“If another government agency does a public bid, you can piggyback on that,” Kline said. “They had a nice renewal with Republic and it was cheaper to piggyback on that and save our residents money. It was a good deal.”

Customers have been paying $15.27 per month or $45.81 per quarter for trash and recycling services.

“We have the lowest in the area,” Kline said. “We’ve been fortunate to keep trash pickup at such a low rate.”

The city’s contract with Republic expires at the end of the year. The renewals are expired and no other piggybacks exist, Kline said.

“Our goal is to be out to bid sometime at the end of August,” Kline said. “We’ll evaluate the bids and begin the transition so we can begin January 2021.”

Kline said he hopes to have at least three bids to choose from. Council has authorized the director of public service and the mayor to enter a contract and the board of control will finalize the contract when one is chosen.

“We’re working on the bid contract now,” Kline said.

Gannett reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at lfreeman@recordpub.com