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Peachtree Corners residents' trash cost going down

PEACHTREE CORNERS — Beginning next year, the cost of solid waste and recycling will go down for residents of Peachtree Corners.

The City Council approved a bid last week for Waste Pro to begin collections Jan. 1, a change that will wait until next year because residents pay for an entire year’s service through county tax bills.

Residents will see the bill go down from $18.65 per month to $11.50 per month. That is a difference of $85.80 per year, or about 38 percent.

“During the campaign for cityhood, we promised we would lower the cost of trash collection for our citizens,” Mayor Mike Mason said. “Tonight, I am very happy that we have kept that promise.”

Curbside pickup will be on Mondays or Tuesdays, with residents told to leave containers at the curb no later than 7 a.m. Waste Pro will also provide side door pick-up to elderly or disabled residents, a press release said.

In addition to the basic service, which includes one 95-gallon trash cart and one 18-gallon recycling container, the contract allows for other options, including $10 per month yard waste removal, which can also be contracted for $22.95 for six months. Or residents can pay an additional $1.20 per month for a 65-gallon recycling cart.

Seniors will receive a 15 percent discount and residents are eligible for a recycling rewards program, the release added.

“I was very happy to see this service added,” Councilwoman Jeanne Aulbach said. “We wanted to encourage everyone to recycle, and by offering this as part of the service, we will do that. A secondary benefit is that local businesses will provide the rewards for the program, encouraging people to support those businesses.”

During the four-year contract, Waste Pro also agreed to pick up small furniture or appliances that do not exceed 50 pounds on an on-call basis at no additional cost, and the company will rebate 100 percent of net recycling profits to the city.

“The City Council is honored to share the news of additional sanitation services at a lower cost to our Peachtree Corners residents while also being able to support increased sustainability efforts through the city recycling rewards program. The efforts will enable the city to work toward being recognized as a green city. The innovative recycling rewards program is a first for WastePro in Georgia” Councilwoman Lorri Christopher said.