New Roads signs with new trash collection firm, adds recycling

The City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday night to enter into a five-year deal with Republic Services for residential trash pickup that will reduce monthly trash fees for the city’s 1,800 customers by 50 cents.

As part of the city’s twice-a-week collection deal with Republic Services, New Roads residents will have recycling service available to them and receive at no additional charge 95-gallon trash bins, which the company will replace at no charge to customers should the cans be damaged or misplaced. The bins will be delivered to residences starting in two weeks.

The City Council approved the contract, which is effective March 1, about four months after informing the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury the city was opting out of its five-year contract with Progressive Waste Solutions.

New Roads Mayor Robert Myer has said he was confident the city could secure a cheaper rate and provide additional services — like recycling.

Myer said the city received three proposals for trash service. He recommended Republic Services to the council.

“We’re reducing the costs and adding more services,” Myer said. “We hope this puts to rest any science fiction out there that we’d charge our residents more money to do this.”

According to details discussed at the City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday, the city will pay Republic Services $11.98 per household, plus disposal fees, to run twice-a-week trash pick ups within the city limits.

The city will charge residents $18 per month for trash service. Parish residents pay $18.50 each month for garbage collection.

City officials said the $18 rate will be locked in for two years.