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Orange Park still talking trash about next garbage contract

By Lee Wardlaw lee@claytodayonline.com
Posted 5/4/23

ORANGE PARK – The trash talk continued on Tuesday among the town council, whose members are still seeking to draft a final garbage contract with Waste Management.

At their last meeting on April …

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Orange Park still talking trash about next garbage contract


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ORANGE PARK – The trash talk continued on Tuesday among the town council, whose members are still seeking to draft a final garbage contract with Waste Management.

At their last meeting on April 20, the council agreed it would vote on the contract at its May 2 meeting.

But instead of voting, officials discussed a potential scope of services they would like to see what the likely provider, Waste Management, would provide.

“We looked at a proposal from our solid waste company, and we want to take another look at things,” said Mayor Randy Anderson.

When the council started to direct the town staff to look for pricing, they advised them to look for the lowest pricing possible, Anderson said.

The staff shouldn’t be completely blamed, Anderson said.

“We didn’t give direction on what kind of service we wanted. I don’t think we gave the correct direction,” the mayor said.

Thus, the town council went back to square one to discuss what kind of services they want in their yet-to-be-finalized solid waste contract.

After a long and heated discussion and plenty of resident comments that ended up taking up a large portion of their meeting, the council decided to seek pricing for a once-a-week household garbage service for a 95-gallon container and a twice-a-week service for a 65-gallon container.

Another component was recycling, which would either be picked up bi-weekly in a 95-gallon container or weekly in a 65-gallon container. The council said it would prefer yard waste be collected once a week.

Bulky items such as couches and refrigerators would be picked up on an on-call basis.