The city of Raymore, in a move similar to two other Cass County municipalities, announced recently that it will have a new trash-service provider next year.
WCA/Town & Country currently collects garbage from Raymore residents’ curbs, but Jim’s Disposal Service, which is based in Kansas City, Mo., will take over citywide trash pick-up on Jan. 3, 2018.
According to Mike Ekey, a spokesman for the city of Raymore, residents also will see an increased monthly charge in January for trash service. Residents, who have been paying $11.91 per month per residence, will see that cost rise to $12.41 per month, a 4.2-percent increase.
During the public bidding process, the city awarded Jim’s Disposal Service with the new contract. The city’s current contract with WCA/Town & Country ends Dec. 31.
Ekey said the city chose Jim’s Disposal Service because it provided “the lowest and best bid for the level of service” the city was requesting, including unlimited trash and recycling, weekly yard waste pick-up, and free bulky item pick-up days.
The city spokesman said Raymore started the bidding process early and also partnered with the city of Belton to take advantage of the two cities’ combined populations in an effort to decrease the price per home.
The city of Belton announced in June that it would move to a centralized solid-waste collection program.
Beginning in January, Jim’s Disposal Service also will provide residential trash service for the city of Belton. Its residents also will pay $12.41 per residence per month.
Belton recently conducted two community meetings to help answer questions from the public about the city’s trash-service transition.
In Raymore, the city announced this month in a news release that new trash bins and recycling carts will be delivered to homes starting on the week of Dec. 11. Old trash carts will be picked up by WCA/Town & Country on Dec. 27-28.
Residents who live north of Lucy Webb Road and west of Madison Street will continue to have their trash and recycling picked up on Wednesdays, according to the city.
Residents who live south of Lucy Webb Road or east of Madison Street will have their trash picked up on Thursdays. The city said if you live on Lucy Webb Road or Madison Street, the trash day will be determined by the side of the roadway on which you live.
For more information, visit www.raymore.com/trash or call the city’s utilities office at 816-331-5182.
Aside from Raymore and Belton, the city of Harrisonville also opted for a new trash services provider to start work in 2018
Harrisonville decided in August to negotiate a new contract with Municipal Waste Services, a change from WCA/Town & Country. The new monthly charge will be $14.80 per residence, which includes an administrative fee from the city.
The new contract begins Jan. 1. A draft of the contract, which was approved Nov. 20 by the Harrisonville Board of Aldermen, is available on the city’s website.