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New Oswego Garbage Contract to Include Composting, Electronics Collection

Apr 05, 2016 08:43PM ● By Steven Jack

Image courtesy of the Groot Facebook page.

Oswego residents may soon be able to dispose of TVs and compost waste through an extension to village's current garbage contract. 

Oswego Village Administrator Dan Di Santo brought a Groot Industries contract extension proposal to the Village Board's committee of the whole meeting Tuesday night. The village's current contract with Groot is set to expire in May 2017, but Di Santo said a five-year contract extension could provide additional services to residents and a lower rate. 

With the new extension residents will now be able to dispose of electronic items, including all TVs, at the curb with 24 hours notice to Groot. The additional service will begin May 1 if approved by the Village Board at their next meeting in two weeks. The extension received unanimous positive feedback from Trustees. 

"I know with the amount of calls we get from our residents (about TVs) that's very exciting to be able to offer," Di Santo said. 

With the approval of the contract extension at the next Village Board meeting, beginning May 1 of this year, residents also will be able to opt into an organics collection program. For $15 per month, residents can receive a 95-gallon cart to collect organic material and food scraps along with weekly landscape waste to be disposed of through regular garbage collection days during the yard waste season from March to November.

Only residents who opt into the program would be charged the additional $15 monthly fee. The fee will not be charged during the winter months. Items that can be composted include fruits, teabags & coffee filters, vegetables, meat, poultry or seafood (no shells or bones), bread, grains.

As for future increases to garbage rates, Di Santo said a planned 5 percent monthly increase that was to take effect May 1 will actually be rolled back to a decrease for the 2016-17 year to $19.20 per month. From there, rate increases will take place annually at a rate of not to exceed 4 percent.

Another cost increase in the new contract will include incremental hikes to the landscape waste sticker. The current $1 fee will move to $1.50 to 2017, $1.75 in 2018, $2 in 2019, $2.25 in 2020 and $2.50 in 2021.