CWD has provided trash services for the city since 2010 and will continue to do so for the next five years after a 6-1 vote by council. Keller residents will continue to have twice-weekly garbage collection and weekly recycling collection, along with curbside yard waste and bulk pickup options, city officials said.
“[CWD] has been a good partner with the city and the community,” Keller Mayor Pat McGrail said. “The vast majority [of public support], probably 98%, has been in support of CWD.”
According to city officials, residential and commercial rates were expected to increase whether council renewed a contract with CWD or opted for a new contract with Frontier, another waste disposal company.
A finalized contract with CWD is expected to be approved at a June 16 council meeting, officials said.
Under the new contract, which would begin Sept. 1, rates for residential and commercial customers are expected to increase. The new residential rate will be $15.68 per month, an increase of $2.86 from the city’s current monthly residential rate.
By comparison, residential rates under a new contract with Frontier would increase by $3.07 per month for a total of $15.89 per residence.
Meanwhile, commercial customers will see an increase of 17% from current rates. Commercial costs will be determined based on container size and collection schedules, officials said.
“Existing residential services will not change,” officials said. “Recycling would continue with residents' choice of rolling carts or 18-gallon bins, and trash would be handled as it is now in the container of residents’ choice.”
Under the new contract, CWD will be responsible for electronic waste and household hazardous waste collection on a monthly basis, officials said. The new electronic and hazardous waste collection option would replace the city’s twice-annual events for such collections and help divert items from landfills, officials said.
“From a residential standpoint, we’re happy, and the business community is basically saying the same thing,” McGrail said.