Ypsilanti Township will save $623,000 over the life of a new five-year trash collection contract approved with Waste Management.
The saving is so large that the township will still be paying less per unit of trash than it pays now when the new contract expires in 2019.
As of August 31, the township paid $7.38 per home for trash, $1.87 per home for recycling and $1.93 per home for yard waste.
On Sept. 1, those rates dropped to $6.37 per home for trash, $1.87 per home for recycling and $1.93 per home for yard waste.
The rates will increase by 1.25 percent in 2015 and 2.25 percent each of the following years through 2019. That means the township will still be paying $6.89, or 49 cents, less than it currently pays per unit of trash.