Waste Management is expected to stop collecting residential garbage in Texarkana, Ark. In June, Waste Management indicated to the city that it cannot continue residential services beyond the current term of its contract without an increase in rates. The city’s board of directors had previously approved a resolution to offer seven-year contract extensions to the city’s current collection companies at current rates.
With Waste Management backing out, its collection routes will revert to the two other companies currently serving the city: Richardson Waste II Inc. and Edmondson's Trash Service.
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The letter came after a meeting of the city's Solid Waste Management Committee on June 8 and a workshop meeting attended by the committee and the board June 13. Both meetings concerned the Sept. 30 expiration of all three garbage-collection contracts.
Those meetings ended with the committee recommending extending the companies' contracts at their current pay rate, but that was unacceptable to Waste Management.
"Waste Management informed us that they had to have an increase per household of $1.19 per month. The board at that (June 13) meeting voted against giving them that increase," Ward 4 Director Travis Odom said.
Richardson and Edmonson's have indicated they can take on Waste Management's routes without any service interruption or rate increase, Odom said.
"They have assured us there will be no lack of service if Waste Management leaves the city."