City Solid Waste Services Not Changing, Remain FREE
We've received some phone calls and emails by concerned residents about changes to trash service and necessary payment for service (nothing has changed with our contract with Republic Services and services remain free to residents living in single-family homes and most condos within our boundaries). In the past 24 hours, there have been two unconnected occurrences that have led to this concern and confusion.
- KMOV News (channel 4) ran a story last night about a change in trash services in O’Fallon, MO. At the crux of this story, are concerns by residents over a contract that was given to a company (Republic Services) that was not the lowest bidder and concerns of higher cost. The story ends with the reporter listing other cities with contracts with Republic for trash service, including Maryland Heights. The implication is that higher rates may follow in these communities. (see below)
- The biggest source of confusion is a mailer received by residents yesterday and today from a company called Waste Connection. The mailer reads as though Waste Connections is the new provider of trash/waste collection services to residents and that they now need to sign up for service and begin paying for that service. (see below)
What appears to have happened is that St. Louis County has contracted with Waste Connections to provide trash services for unincorporated sections within their districts. Waste Connections or whoever they hired to prepare these notices for mailing did a blanket mailing without regard for the municipal boundaries within the districts they’ve been contracted to serve. That being said, residents not impacted by this contract have received the notice.
Please spread the word that the Waste Connections notice does not apply to Maryland Heights residents;the mailer can be ignored. The City of Maryland Heights is contracted with Republic Services through December 31, 2019 at a set rate for trash, yard waste and recycling pick up. This contract remains intact and the City’s commitment to providing free trash service to all of our residents who live in single-family homes and most condos continues. (Apartment complexes, some condo associations and all businesses negotiate and handle their own waste collection services.)
Please call the Communications Division at (314) 738-2204 if you have any further questions or concerns.