Residents of Shakopee will soon see various garbage trucks in the city after Shakopee City Council approved a five-year contract with Dick’s Sanitation, or DSI, on June 15.
The move came after discussions regarding concerns about Republic Services’ basket management, customer service and organics collection.
This winter, city council and staff discussed the possibility of an open bin system, which would mean residents would have a handful of waste and recycling providers to choose from, but ultimately decided against this. option to better preserve the streets.
The city has operated under a closed waste and recycling system since the 1990s, which means that it has chosen a single supplier of waste and recycling for all of its residents. City officials said the closed systems prevent illegal dumping and save the city the headache of having multiple garbage trucks on the streets on any given day.
The city’s recently approved contract with DSI will begin in 2022. The total monthly waste collection and disposal charge will be around $ 16.48 per month for larger carts with bi-weekly recycling pickup. This year, Republic Services is costing $ 18.26 per month for the same plan.
DSI also charges $ 84 per year for a yard waste collection subscription, or $ 3.50 per on-call yard waste bag.
City administrator Bill Reynolds said the DSI proposal offered the lowest costs to residents for 2022.
Residents who currently use city-owned carts will continue to use them, while households with Republic Services carts will receive new ones.