Garbage rates go up Thursday in League City, and a pilot cart program will end Feb. 19 as the city transitions to a new contractor.
The new rate for curbside residential solid waste service will be $16.35 plus tax each month, city staff said. The existing rate is $13.
Collection schedules will remain the same over the next few months, but a Republic Services garbage cart-pilot program that began in August will end Feb. 19, staff said.
The city’s five-year trash collection contract with Houston-based Republic Services is ending in May and a contract with a new provider will begin.
City council members at a Dec. 12 meeting voted 7-0 to grant AmeriWaste League City, a subsidiary of Alvin-based AmeriWaste Inc., a five-year solid waste collection contract.
Republic will continue to provide trash collection services as the city transitions to AmeriWaste.
Republic’s cart-service pilot program provided about 1,050 residences in the Centerpointe, Pecan Forest and Nottingham Village subdivisions with 96-gallon trash and recycling carts. Republic emptied those receptacles twice a week for trash and once a week for recycling.
On Feb. 19, contractors for Republic Services will begin collecting the wheeled, topped carts the company provided.
Republic will continue to provide trash service using rear-loading vehicles as it does throughout the other areas of the city, staff said.
Residents will need to provide their own trash containers, as they did before participating in the program, city staff said.
The program was scheduled to end at the end of January, coinciding with the expiration of the initial term of Republic’s contract with the city.
However, the city asked and Republic agreed to extend the cart collection to Feb. 19.