Hike in trash fee, new containers on tap for Lansing residents

2013-10-23T09:20:00Z 2013-10-23T21:05:33Z Hike in trash fee, new containers on tap for Lansing residentsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 23, 2013 9:20 am  • 

LANSING | Beginning next month, village residents will have to pay an extra $4.75 per month for their trash collection, and they also will have to start using new containers the village will provide to dispose of their waste.

At a special meeting Tuesday, the Village Board approved three measures altering the terms of the contract with Homewood Disposal Inc. for trash pickup.

The big change is that residents will have to dispose of their old trash cans and use containers known as “toters” — big, plastic containers that have attached lids and wheels.

Each trash customer will be issued three containers — separate 65-gallon tubs for trash and yard waste and a 95-gallon container for recyclable items. Village Administrator J. Wynsma said the containers will be delivered to 9,000 Lansing-based customers between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.

Those customers will be expected to start using the new containers with the trash pickup periods that begin Nov. 4. People will continue to put their trash out for pickup on their usual schedules, and will put their new containers in the same place where they were putting their old trash cans.

Wynsma said Homewood Disposal wants the new containers because it is easier for their trash trucks to automatically pick them up, rather than the variety of trash cans now in use in Lansing.

“There is no perfect solution for everybody,” Wynsma said. “But in the rest of the world, we find that this works.”

Homewood Disposal’s contract with Lansing to handle trash pickup was to run through May 31, 2015. But under the new agreement, which was approved by a 6-0 vote, it will now run through 2020.

The increase in the trash pickup fee will take effect Nov. 1. But the 3 percent increase that was scheduled for June 1, 2014, will not take place, and there will be no additional increase until June 2015, Wynsma said.

While Homewood Disposal requested the change, Wynsma said it actually will benefit local residents because the new containers are more durable than many of the trash cans now in use. He also said the attached lids will make it less likely animals will get into them and strew trash about as they search for food.

Village President Norm Abbott said increased recycling will cut down on the cost of trash pickup, which would benefit municipal government in the long run.

“It would save us some on the cost of getting rid of garbage,” he said.

Village Trustee Mike Manno said he thinks the appearance of Lansing will improve with the change.

“It looks neater than what we have now with 8,000 different types of garbage cans,” he said.

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