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Published: Wednesday, 9/12/2007

Trash contract will alter pickup days for many in city

Maumee Mayor Tim Wagoner, left and Greg Salter of Allied Waste Services Maumee Mayor Tim Wagoner, left and Greg Salter of Allied Waste Services

Most Maumee residents will get a new garbage-collection day starting Oct. 2.

The city has a new three-year contract with Allied Waste Services, under which its 5,500 households will have their trash and recyclables picked up on Tuesdays.

The three-bag or can limit will remain, but the new service offers upgraded recycling: Junk mail and office paper can be put in brown paper bags and left at curbside with the recycling bins.

The monthly cost of the new service works out to $8.69 per household for the first year, but the contract contains a 3 percent escalator in ensuing years that can raise or lower the price, depending on fluctuations in the cost of fuel.

The city's current waste collection firm, Waste Management, is paid $7.71 per household.

Maumee's longtime practice has been to divide the city into quadrants, each of which has a different pickup day, Monday through Thursday.

Larry Gamble, the city's director of public services, said the new schedule would take a little getting used to, but had distinct advantages.

"By going to a single day, everyone will know when to put the trash out. I'm very positive about it," he said. "We're going to have a learning curve. People will have to get used to the change, but once they do, I think they'll agree this is the way to go."

Householders can continue to put appliances out for pickup after notifying the city.

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