City provides private options for bulky garbage

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Rather than attempt to coordinate it as a city service, city officials have compiled a list of private haulers for bulky item garbage pickup for city residents.

As part of the city’s new contract with Advanced Disposal (formerly Veolia), the garbage hauler will no longer collect large items that cannot be bagged with regular collections.

Director of Public Works William Immich reported to the City Council Tuesday that two responses had been received to advertising for haulers to collect bulky items from residents – from R&R Moving Corp. and S.K. Collections.

“Both of them are planning to do home pickup of bulky items for a fee. If you call them, they will arrange a time when they can come to your home and pick up items for a fee. At least this provides a way for people who don’t have a pickup truck to get rid of those items,” Immich told the council.

“It doesn’t cost the city anything, that’s the good news,” he continued. “We’ll try it for six months and monitor the effectiveness of these services by the complaints you people get.”

The fees proposed by both firms would range from $5 to $35 per item.

City officials had been considering setting up a bulk item dropoff at the City Garage for a fee, but opted for the at-home pickup by private companies instead.

“I thank Bill and the Department of Public Works for coming up with an alternative rather than using taxpayer dollars,” Alderperson Jackie Jarvis stated.

“I like this solution much better,” agreed Alderperson David Williams.

Immich added that the city will work with R&R and S.K. to have a drop-off day in conjunction with the collection by the high school of electronic items, with both private firms still charging a fee.

Information on the private collection services will be distributed to city residents as an insert in a future Plymouth Utilities bill, Immich added.

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