- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson residents won’t see an increase in garbage fees under the city’s new garbage collection contract.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1Jrllp3 ) the city has renewed its contract with Waste Management. Residential garbage fees will remain the same, but the city’s solid waste division is adding some services, including the pickup of up to five tires upon request from homes in an effort to prevent illegal dumping.

Concerns had been raised during the city’s budget hearing about a possible garbage fee increase..

The new contract begins Oct. 1. It’s for five years with an option for another year.

The contract calls for garbage pickup for 45,000 households, about 9,000 fewer than the 54,000 houses under the current $5.4 million contract.

Fifty-four thousand was only an estimate, Public Works Director Kishia Powell said.

Powell said the city is trying to obtain a realistic count of the number of houses receiving garbage pickup in the city through the new water meters being installed throughout Jackson.

Residents pay $20.80 monthly for garbage service. The fee is included on water bills. Residents will continue to receive twice-a-week garbage pickup and twice-a-month recycling collection.

Bulky items, such as furniture and mattresses, are collected the second garbage pickup day each week. All residents have to do is to have the bulky items at the curb on collection day.

However, for white goods, such as refrigerators, stoves and other appliances, residents have to call the city’s solid waste division by 4 p.m. Tuesday to have the items collected on Wednesday.

To have tires collected by the solid waste division, which is separate from the Waste Management garbage collection contract and recycling pickup, residents also have to call by 4 p.m. Tuesday to have them collected on Wednesday.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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