FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) - The Town of Fishers is talking trash with its residents.
Town officials are studying the pros and cons of having a single company provide residential trash and recycling services.
Right now in Fishers, three different companies offer residential trash pick up services. While one homeowner may use Republic, his next door neighbor may use Ray's or Waste Management.
"I thought it was a waste of resources to have multiple trucks come into the same neighborhood," said homeowner Rick Wolford.
The town says it can save most homeowners money by hiring just one company to do all the work. That company would likely be Republic since it came up with the lowest bid for the job.
"The lowest bid today is Republic and they have a monthly bill of $10.75 per resident. What that gets you is weekly trash pickup and bi-weekly recycling," said Fishers Town Manager Scott Fadness.
Fadness says there is opposition to the idea. Some homeowners view the move as government getting in the way of private industry.
Last year, the city of Carmel switched to a single citywide trash contract. Some homeowners there were against the move. One year later, the city says the transition went smoothly and homeowners did save money.
"People saved upwards of $5 to maybe $20 on trash service and as a whole we estimate the city residents saved about $1.5 million a year." said Susan Maki, Carmel's manager of Community Relations and Education.
The Fishers Town Council should receive the completed study by next week. The way the proposal is written, it is an all or nothing deal. In other words, homeowners would not be given the option to opt out of the deal.
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