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Posted on: May 28, 2020

Garbage and Recycling Cart Program Consideration


The City of Whitehall’s garbage and recycling collection contract with Local Waste expires later this year. In advance of the contract expiring, the City worked with the Solid Waste Agency of Central Ohio (SWACO) to seek bids through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Local Waste and Rumpke Waste & Recycling submitted bids as part of that process, with Local Waste providing the lowest and best bid.

As part of a new contract with Local Waste, the City is considering a new standardized-cart program. As part of the program, each household would be asked to select a standard garbage cart size for their family’s waste needs, choosing from a 96-gallon (the default size), 64-gallon or 48-gallon cart, with reduced fees for the two smaller cart options. The City would also provide 64-gallon recycling carts to all homeowners. These carts will replace the current recycling totes, and are part of an overall effort to increase recycling in Whitehall. (Note: This program is for those who already participate in the City’s collection program with Local Waste - most apartment complexes/buildings with four or more residential units - have individual contracts with waste haulers).

In addition to setting out their cart(s) each weeks, residents would also be able to set out bulk items (e.g. unwanted furniture, small appliances) and yard waste. Residents would be able to participate in four unlimited collection days, including following major holidays (e.g. Christmas, Fourth of July, etc.).

This program is intended to help residents “Pay as You Throw,” allowing those who produce less waste to pay less, with further reduced rates for seniors in the community. Similarly, the standardized carts help reduce litter, increase recycling volume and allow for automated collection by Local Waste.


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