Jonesboro considers privatizing trash pickup

Source: Joe Adgie, Clayton News-Daily, September 2, 2016

Recent price increases at the Clayton County landfill have prompted the city of Jonesboro to consider other options, including privatizing trash service in the city. The Jonesboro City Council held a meeting Wednesday evening to discuss how to handle garbage pickup in the city. The city called the meeting in response to changing prices at the Clayton County landfill in Lovejoy, which are causing an adverse impact on Jonesboro’s budget. … On May 26, the Clayton County Solid Waste Management Authority voted to raise the prices of the landfill to $100 per ton and a $100 minimum for all loads. After a backlash from county residents, the authority backtracked on those price increases July 6, adjusting the prices to $75 per ton, with a one ton minimum, and $40 for less than a ton of waste. The landfill will be open to Clayton County residents only. … Jonesboro solicited and received two bids for a new sanitation contract, one from Waste Management and one from Republic Services of Georgia. The Waste Management deal would provide service at a rate of $13.71 per month, and $164.52 per year. Garbage receptacles would cost $41 for new carts and $5 for used carts. Republic Services would provide a $14.87 monthly rate and a $178.44 yearly rate, as well as charging $41 for new carts and $30 for used carts. Currently, Jonesboro handles its sanitation pickup in-house, charging residents $180 per year for service that includes weekly curbside service as well as back-door pickup for a handful of residents, yard waste pickup and pickup of bulk items and white goods, or appliances. …