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Lake Saint Louis signs new trash contract with Meridian Waste Solutions

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Lake Saint Louis residents will be paying a little less each month for trash service thanks to a new contract approved by the city.

At its Jan. 16 meeting, the city’s Board of Aldermen approved a three-year contract with Meridian Waste Solutions, beginning March 5.

Meridian has been providing services to city residents since purchasing the previous solid waste provider, Christian Environmental Services, in 2016. According to a news release from City Administrator George Ertle, when a request for proposals went out this year, Meridian’s bid was the lowest and best among six bids for the contract.

The approved rate for service will be $16.75 per month and includes weekly solid waste pickup, recycling and yard waste pickup.  That rate is down from $18.95 per month under the previous contract.

Meridian also will provide solid waste and recycling containers for each residence at no additional cost. Residents also can place one bulky item [furniture, appliances, etc.] at the curb on designated pickup days at no additional charge. A $20 charge for “white goods” such as refrigerators and ovens remains in effect.

Yard waste will be collected throughout the year, as a result, residents will not need to call Meridian to schedule a yard waste pickup during December, January and February. Residents over age 62 are eligible for a senior citizen discount, which decreases from $17 per month to $15.08 per month beginning March 5.

Meridian officials say they will be contacting Lake Saint Louis residents before March 5 to inform them of changes, services and pickup schedule.

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