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New Haven gets new trash hauler, recycler

New Haven residents will have a new garbage pickup and recycling company next year.

The New Haven Board of Works unanimously agreed Wednesday to switch from National Serv-All to Earth First Services of Fort Wayne.

Earth First plans to deliver new bins to all 4,581 New Haven homes during the first three weeks of January, said the company’s president, Gregg Walbridge.

The contract allows six weeks for delivery.

There should not be any obvious gaps in service, but it could happen, Walbridge said.

“If someone finds themselves without a bin on trash pickup day, they can just bag their trash and it will be picked up,” Walbridge said.

In addition, recycling bins will be delivered to residents who currently take advantage of the optional recycling program, Walbridge said.

About 24 percent – or 1,098 homes – recycle, said Deb-Anne Smith, executive assistant to New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald.

Earth First submitted the low bid of $7.69 a month for trash pickup and an optional $3.39 for recycling, beating out Republic Services, also known as National Serv-All of Fort Wayne. National Serv-All’s quote was $7.99 a month for garbage pickup plus $2.99 for recycling if less than 3,000 people participated.

Over the three-year contract with Earth Services, trash pickup will increase to $7.89 and recycling to $3.59 in 2014 and again in 2015 to $8.14 and $3.79, respectively, Smith said.

National Serv-All’s three-year contract expires Dec. 31. Before that, the city contracted with Waste Management when it initiated the citywide trash pickup program in 2006, Smith said.

According to the terms of the contract, residents will be allowed to dispose of one free bulk item every month, including large pieces of furniture or appliances, Smith said. Extra bulk items would cost $10 each for disposal.

Additional trash bags can be placed outside the bins for pickup if marked with a special sticker available for $1 each at New Haven City Hall, Smith said.

Earth First is in the midst of building a new recycling and trash transfer station on Meyer Road in New Haven that is expected to open in April, Walbridge said.

Residents who drop off solid waste at the center will receive a 10 percent discount on disposal services, while recyclables can be dropped off at no extra charge, he said.

The company plans to promote recycling and improve participation in the recycling program, he said.

“With single stream recycling (one disposal container for all recyclables), it’s really easy,” Walbridge said.

The company will continue to bill residents directly, as National Serv-All has done in the past.

Customers can expect to see their first bill in January, Smith said.

National Serv-All crews will pick up their bins and totes after the last week of service at the end of the month, Smith said.

Earth First Services was almost awarded a contract in 2010 from Fort Wayne when it was one of five companies vying for the city’s garbage contract. National Serv-All was awarded that contract.

More information

•New Haven residents needing more information or those who would like to sign up for the recycling program should call Earth First Services at 436-8700.

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