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Dardenne Prairie close to new contract for trash and recycling pickup

Due to the upcoming contract expiration with waste provider Grace Hauling, Inc. on Dec. 31, Dardenne Prairie city staff requested proposals for the pickup of resident trash and recycling in subsequent years. Four proposals were received. After evaluation of potential criteria, including “capped” rate increases for future years, the proposal by Grace Hauling, Inc. was determined to be the most favorable.

An ordinance [Bill #19-35], requested by Mayor David Zucker, authorized the city to accept the bid and for the mayor to execute a contract with Grace Hauling, Inc. The contract would approve an initial term beginning Jan. 1, 2020, and ending on Dec. 31, 2022. The city will have the option to extend the contract after 2022 for up to seven renewal terms, with each term one year in length.

At the Oct. 2 Board of Aldermen meeting, the bill was given a first reading and was discussed in detail. Instead of doing a second reading at this meeting as originally planned, the board voted 6-0 to hold the second reading and vote for passage at the Oct. 16 board meeting.

The new contract would include routine trash pickup and a return to a single-stream recycling method. Prior to the Oct. 16 vote, Grace Hauling, Inc. is to provide to the aldermen and mayor a sample of the communication to be sent to residents with the specifics about what can be recycled, fees and educational details.

The city does not expect to have any expenditures or revenue resulting from this contract, since Grace Hauling, Inc. will bill each resident for the service and collect fees from each resident.

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