RIDGELAND — Residents here could be looking at a $3 yearly  increase in trash collection rates after a new contract goes into effect in early-October.

The contract was approved a the last city board meeting unanimously on the consent agenda. ‘

Public Works Director Mike McCollum said that the new contract will increase single-family residential monthly rate at $14.02, up from $13.75, for twice-weekly pickup, a difference of 27 cents. Over the course of a year, this will represent a $3.24 increase. 

Light commercial twice-weekly curbside pickup will remain at $22. The cost for municipal facilities will be $14,389.80 annually.

“Mike has been negotiating with them and he has done a good job,” Mayor Gene McGee said.

McCollum said that they received bids for solid waste collection and disposal on April 1 around 2 p.m. Waste management was the only bidder. The contract includes a six-year initial term with the option to renew for four one year terms after that.

Alderman-at-Large D.I. Smith said that he did not like the proposed annual increases in the contract. McCollum said that those increases would be finalized at a later date and were still negotiable.

The current contract has annual increases set at three percent for residential and 2.5 percent for light commercial. McCollum said that those numbers are again, not set in stone, and represents a maximum potential increase. Waste Management increases the rate annually based on the Consumer Price Index which ranges from one to 3.6 percent each year. McCollum also said that WM had originally asked for a four percent increase but had negotiated them down to three percent.