Council approves trash contract

Tiffin City Council approved legislation Wednesday allowing the city to contract with a new company for trash and recycling collection.

At the Feb. 20 council meeting, Mayor Aaron Montz recommended a deal with Rumpke Waste and Recycling Services, headquartered near Cincinnati.

The proposal would provide weekly solid waste collection and biweekly recycling collection. Rumpke would provide a 96-gallon solid waste bin and a 65-gallon recycling bin.

The cost would be $14.90 monthly but would be subject to a fuel surcharge and an annual adjustment for inflation not to exceed 2 percent. The city and the company also have options to extend the contract for up to two years if both parties agree.

The city also received proposals from Double K and Republic Services, its current hauler.

The Republic contract expires March 31 and the Rumpke contract begins April 1. 

Sarah Mathews, of Rumpke, said the company has begun preparations.

“We are confident we can and will have everything in place by April 1,” she said.

The trash bag program available through Republic is to continue with Rumpke. Only the 285 households currently enrolled in the program are eligible to continue using it under Rumpke.

The program allows residents to pay a per-bag fee and bags are purchased locally. Montz said there would be an increase from about $1.97 to $2 per bag.

Mathews said Republic bags are to be accepted for a time, but eventually are to be phased out.

Rumpke hopes to sell bags at the same locations that sold Republic bags, Matthews said.“We’d like to make it as seamless as possible for the residents,” she said.

Montz also said residents enrolled in the bag program under Rumpke must pay $2.25 a month for recycling.

When trash and recycling totes are delivered, they are to have weather-resistant educational literature attached.

In other business, Montz said Tiffin Fire Rescue Division is in need of a new ambulance because it is economically infeasible to repair its third squad, a 2001 model.

He said he will request legislation at Monday’s council meeting that would include “creative financing” for an ambulance.

Montz said that since the city has mutual aid contracts with area departments, residents won’t see a reduction in services.

The department is testing demonstration units. Creating specifications and building a custom ambulance could take about nine months, so the city plans to purchase a demo unit to save time and money.

Fire department chief Kevin Veletean said all the department’s ambulances and firetrucks are equipped with Advanced Life Support equipment.

“It doesn’t matter which squad shows up, all citizens get the same level of care,” he said.

Because firetrucks have the equipment, if the ambulances are unavailable, personnel can still begin treatment.

“Our response times aren’t really faltering because of this,” Veletean said.