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Germantown enters new contract with solid waste collection group


The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved a 5-year contract with Waste Pro of Tennessee to provide solid waste collection for the city beginning on July 1.
Board members unanimously approved the contract, which will cost approximately $3.9 million in its initial year.
Board members met in a work session at 7 a.m. on March 7 to hash out two bids for solid waste collection.
The contract includes the weekly collection of household trash, recyclables and yard trash.
Noting that the new contract is “more generous” than the city’s previous one with Inland Waste Solutions, Alderman Dave Klevan said he was impressed that the limit for yard waste is 10 cubic yards, or nearly 50 bags of yard debris.
Yard debris will be picked up with claw trucks and rear loaders.
City Administrator Patrick Lawton noted that he has had several “peer-to-peer” discussions with managers in other municipalities that are currently using Waste Pro.
“I feel that I was given the straight scoop,” he told board members. “They have a strong response time and presence in the southeast.”
Residents began complaining about trash services in 2014 soon after Republic Waste Services traded Germantown’s contract to Inland Waste Solutions, which struggled to take over the routes.

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