By Emily Banks Wooten
The City of Livingston has changed its solid waste provider to Piney Woods Sanitation effective Aug. 1 and is going to a once-a-week pickup schedule. Piney Woods Sanitation will begin delivering carts to residences on Monday although the carts are not to be placed out for collection until Aug. 1. Route maps are available on the city’s website at www.cityoflivingston-tx.
“The average family generates approximately 47 pounds of garbage per week. We’re issuing 95-gallon carts that can hold up to 200 pounds,” Mike Wilson, the general manager of Piney Woods Sanitation, said. “We’ll be picking up the same amount of garbage, but it’ll only be once a week.”
Livingston residents may get a second cart for $10 per month by calling Livingston City Hall at 936-327-4311. Additionally, Piney Woods Sanitation will collect up to two items beside the cart every week. Any bulk or extra items should be bundled and weigh less than 50 pounds.
In response to a request for proposals for waste collection and disposal, the Livingston City Council heard from representatives of Piney Woods Sanitation, Pro Star Waste/Waste Connections and Republic Services during its May 9 regular meeting.
During a subsequent special called meeting on May 16, Council reviewed the score sheets completed independently by Utility Billing Supervisor Julie Miller, City Secretary/Assistant City Manager Ellie Monteaux and City Manager Bill S. Wiggins. Council also reviewed a pricing comparison spreadsheet as well as the city’s current rates and the number in each classification. Following some discussion, Council approved awarding a contract for waste collection and disposal services – of both commercial and residential garbage – to Piney Woods Sanitation with contract negotiations to be completed by May 31 and the effective date of the contract beginning Aug. 1.
Republic Services was the previous solid waste provider for the City of Livingston