Sunday, September 22, 2019

City Council Approves 5-year Renewal of Contract for Solid Waste and Recycling Services

Republic Waste Services of Texas, Ltd. will continue to provide trash and recycling collection services in Southlake for another five years. The renewed contract was approved by Southlake City Council at their August 21st meeting.

The new contract for residential and commercial properties begins October 1, 2018, and maintains current service levels while adding on one service enhancement for residential customers. New in October, will be the addition of bulk cardboard recycling. This is a frequent request from residents, especially near the holiday season and for new move-ins. Commercial customers will also continue to be offered curbside recycling to businesses that do not have the option to utilize recycling dumpster services.

Under the contract renewal, residential collections will increase by $1.03 on October 1. The trash rate will increase annually by three percent and the recycling rates will be adjusted annually based on processing costs. Commercial collections and roll-off rates will increase by three percent on October 1 and three percent annually under the contract renewal.

The City first entered into a contract with Republic in 2007 for 18 months and has continued to renew for five-year periods since then. Before Republic contracts are renewed, the City reviews performance and quality measures. These include responsiveness to customer complaints, collection of waste following a missed pickup, spillage, and timeliness of collection. Republic has not only met, but well exceeded these performance expectations.

Also reviewed in the renewal process are the services offered by Republic. Current residential services include two weekly garbage collections, one weekly recycling pick up, bagged grass collection, curbside leaf recycling, household hazardous waste collection event, scheduled bulk loose brush collection and bundled/bulk crush collection.

Have questions about trash and recycling in Southlake? Check out the trash and recycling pages on the City’s website, give us a call at 817-748-8400, or contact Republic Services Customer Call Center directly at 817-317-2424.

Keep Green in Your Routine with the City’s Annual Leaf Recycling Program

Can you believe that it is already fall? Soon the weather cool down and the leaves will fall. Let the City of Southlake and Republic Services help you with disposing of your fallen leaves through the City’s Annual Leave Recycling Program.

The City of Southlake and Republic Services are pleased to offer curbside leaf recycling for Southlake residents through the Annual Leaf Recycling Program. The leaf recycling program gives citizens the opportunity to place their bagged leaves on the curb and have it picked up for recycling rather than ending up in the landfill.

To participate in the program, residents are asked to place their bagged leaves at the curb no later than 7:00 A.M. on any or all of the following collection days:

  • Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
  • Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
  • Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
  • Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Please make sure that bagged leaves are physically separated from other solid waste. Resident may bag their leaves using any type of bag.

The City’s Annual Leaf Recycling Program aims to reduce the amount of valuable landfill space that is used up by yard waste, an activity that in the long-term, removes nutrients from the environment and costs residents more in increased taxes and service fees. A more environmentally friendly disposal option is to recycle leaves and reuse their valuable organic nutrients in landscaped areas.

For information about the City’s Annual Leaf Recycling Program about the leaf recycling dates, please visit the City’s Annual Leaf Recycling page and subscribe to the Trash and Recycling calendar for updates.

New Trash and Recycling Rates take effect October 1st

On October 1, 2016, the new rates with Republic Waste Services will take effect.

The new rates—reflected on water bills for residential customers, will increase by 1.02% for all customers.  This increase is consistent with the contract agreement the City has with Republic Services.

The breakdown for a residential consumer is $9.60 per month for trash service, $3.84 per month for recycling service and $1.11 for tax.  This represents a total increase of $0.15 for residential customers for a total rate per month of $14.55. Commercial customer rates will also be adjusted to account for the 1.02% increase based on their contract.

This new rates includes trash collection two times per week, automated recycling collection once each week, bagged grass collection, scheduled curbside leaf recycling, two household hazardous waste collection events per year, bulk collections, and bundled brush collections.

As Southlake’s trash and recycling provider since 2007, Republic Services has provided the City with quality service and maintains a 96% satisfaction rate for trash services and 90% satisfaction rate for recycling services per the 2015 Citizen Satisfaction Survey.

If you want to know more about the services Republic Services offers to Southlake residents, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/TrashandRecycling. To contact Republic Services Customer Service please call 817-317-2424.

If you have questions about the fee increase or the City’s contract, please call the City at 817-748-8400.

Leaf Recycling Pickup to extend through Friday 12/18

Warm temperatures and late falling leaves have made recent leaf recycling efforts very successful, but it also caused delays with pick up.

That’s why Republic Services is extending its leaf pickup through today (12/17) and tomorrow (12/18).

“A complete pickup is our goal,” said T.J. Noorlag ​Republic Service’s​ Supervisor. “As it turns out, the warm temperatures, recent storms and public awareness of this program have dramatically increased the load, but we will get them all collected.”

The leaf recycling program is part of the City’s Garbage and Recycling contract with Republic Services.  The last pick up date for this winter takes place Wednesday, January 13th.

As a reminder, residents may bag their leaves using any type of bag. Bagged leaves must also be physically separated from other solid waste at the curb.

The City’s Leaf Recycling Program aims to reduce the amount of valuable landfill space that is used up by yard waste. Since the program’s inception,  Southlake residents have bagged and recycled more than 1900 tons of leaves.

For more information about the City’s Leaf Recycling Program, please visit the City’s garbage and recycling programs webpage.