By Allen Edmonds
The Belton City Council on Tuesday voted 8-1 in favor of WCA to take over the solid waste collection on July 22.
Last month, the city cancelled its contract with Jim’s Disposal after months worsening complaints and service issues.
WCA endured significant service difficulties itself after taking over the former Town & Country Disposal, based in Harrisonville, several years ago.
Those problems were fresh on the mind of Councilmember Tim Savage, the lone dissenting votes, Tuesday evening.
Savage owns the Lazy Acres Adult Community on State Route Y south of Belton, and remembered those service issues clearly.
“It’s difficult to forget gathering that trash myself all those times when I was counting on you,” he said.
WCA representatives in attendance Tuesday night said that in the years since, the company’s staff had turned over nearly 100 percent and the issues experienced during those early days are in the past. They presented numerous positive reviews from are municipalities where the firm currently hold contracts.
The firm will pick up solid waste over all five weekdays; beginning July 22. At this time, the contract will not offer curbside recycling, but will offer yard waste and bulky item pickup.
The monthly cost, which is currently just over $12 per month, will jump to $15.61 for residents.
The contract includes pickup of one 96-gallon cart per week, year-round weekly yard waste pickup and one bulky item pickup per month.
Included in the fee is rental of the recently delivered city-owned bins. See next week’s NCH for more detail on the contract.