LORAIN — A five-year garbage contract with Republic Services Inc., saving customers about $45 per household annually in each of the first two years of the contract, was approved by City Council members Monday.
Republic has roughly 22,000 Lorain customers with most customers paying $15 per month and $13.50 per month for those 65 and older. The savings are a combined $1 million annually in each of the first two years of the contract. Rates rise in the next three years, but remain below the current rate.
Rumpke Consolidated Services Inc., in Colerain Township outside Cincinnati, was the only other bidder besides Republic, a national company that has been Lorain’s garbage collector since 1997.
Republic workers in April staged sympathy strikes in April support of striking Republic workers in Carbon Limestone Landfill in Lowellville. The Lorain County strikes occurred April 1 and the week of April 14 to 20. The strikes led Lorain city workers to collect 100 tons of trash on April 20 and April 21. Republic customers received a $3.50 credit for the interruption.
Dave Kidder, a Republic spokesman and area municipal services manager, told Council last week said the last local strike was in 1978. He said a new contract is close to being signed and it contains a no-sympathy strike provision.