Twin Lakes poised to change garbage collection company

Twin Lakes village officials are working on firming up a contract with a new garbage collection company.

If completed, Twin Lakes will be the first Wisconsin municipality served by Illinois-based Groot Industries. Village Board members discussed the contract at a Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, opting to go with a seven-year contract that has an option to end the contract after three years.

The current rate charged to the village by Advanced Disposal is $144.96/year for a 95 gallon toter. The village charges residents $158.96 to include the resident’s share of other expenses in the Sanitation Fund, such as recycling center and seaweed pick up. The 2017 rate to be charged to the village by Groot would be $151.80/year for a 95 gallon toter. The village currently plans to charge the resident $163.80 based on the current draft of the Sanitation Fund budget. That could change when the budget is finalized, said village administrator Jennifer Frederick.

The end result is an anticipated increased cost to residents of $4.84 in the first year.

Village residents will also stay with recyclables collection every two weeks. Weekly recycling pick-up was offered by Groot for an additional $27/year per resident. Informal social media polling on the issue conducted by the village, however, showed strong sentiment for sticking with recyclable pick-up once every two weeks, Frederick said.

Collection days would remain the same.

While Groot would take over pickup the first week of January 2017, the company plans to deliver toters to residences the week before or the week of Christmas, Frederick said.

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