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Latrobe approves garbage contract

| Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Latrobe Council has approved a five-year garbage contract with the city's current hauler.

Council approved Republic Services, the apparent low bidder, for garbage collection and residential recycling.

Over the five years of the contract, Latrobe will pay the hauler $3.89 million, beginning at $743,676 and increasing to $838,619.

A nationwide company, Republic Services also does business as Allied Waste and Greenridge Waste Services.

The measure passed 6-0, with Councilwoman Rosie Wolford absent.

Councilman Richard Jim said although he voted for the contract, he would have preferred to have more options for trash container sizes.

“I personally don't think the 95 gallons (size can) for trash is going to be good for our residents,” he said, adding that smaller choices at 65- or 40-gallon cans would have been better for senior citizens.

Residents will still have the option of adding city-approved stickers to individual bags, or will have to use the 95-gallon garbage can for trash.

A 65-gallon container will be used for single-stream recycling, including cardboard and newspaper.

The contract will be effective Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2018.

Bids were rejected in June for a similar proposal, which included management of the city's transfer station at 696 Mission Road.

Three bids were received at that time, from Republic Services, Advanced Disposal Services and Waste Management.

Waste Management did not bid on the current contract.

In a related matter, council approved an amendment to transfer station rates that were adjusted at the Aug. 12 regular meeting.

The rate between 200 and 2,000 pounds will be based on a 95-cents- per-pound rate to remove discrepancies between dumping larger loads at a lesser rate.

“There was an ambiguity with the per-pound rate at $97 per ton,” Graziani said after the meeting.

The transfer station scales, which measure in 20-pound increments, would have charged more for 1,980 pounds than 2,000 pounds, he said.

So, instead of increasing the amount allowable from 200 pounds to 260 pounds at the Aug. 26 meeting, the per-pound rate will be implemented.

Graziani said the rates will take effect sometime in October.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or

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