Quincy residents will soon have a new trash hauler, when Capitol Waste Services begins a three-year contract with the city on July 1.
Trash collection days won’t change for residents, though the new hauler may change collection routes within each day, said public works commissioner Al Grazioso.
City officials have been unhappy with the current service and have been looking for ways to get out of a 10-year contract with Sunrise Scavenger. They told city councilors on June 4 that their contractor’s recent ownership change allows them to cancel the contract, which had five years left on it.
The city’s budget for waste collection is increasing by approximately $500,000, which partially reflects the increased cost associated with the new contract, said city spokesman Christopher Walker.
City Councilors said they have received many complaints with the current hauler, including waste pickups late into the evening, and collection of recycling materials with trash, instead of depositing it in a recycling truck.
Capitol Waste Services will have GPS devices on each truck, allowing the city to monitor where they are, something that wasn’t in the Sunrise Scavenger contract, Grazioso said. The new contract also calls for garbage trucks to be off the street by 5 p.m. every day.
Sunrise Scavenger was recently sold to a private equity firm. The city informed the hauler of its decision to cancel the contract, but has not heard anything from the company, said city solicitor Jim Timmins.
In 2016, the city discussed a new trash barrel program to combat the city’s rat problem, but it was never rolled out, as the city was considering changes to its waste collection.
Details of that program are likely to be put before the City Council before the end of the year, Walker said.Jill Terreri Ramos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @jillterreri.