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Garbage contract to lower rates, improve customer service

Updated: 01/18/2019

The city and Republic Services are nearing an agreement to extend Republic's refuse and recycling collection services to residential properties in the city through 2021. The amended agreement is anticipated to be on the City Council’s Jan. 22 agenda.

The City Council discussed an extension during its regular council meetings in September and October. Council identified several priorities for staff to work on with Republic Services. The updated agreement addresses all those issues, and residents will be pleased to see a rate decrease for most customers in 2019.

Major provisions of the contract, which would be extended through Dec. 31, 2021, include:

  • Establishes clear timelines for rate changes so they can be effectively communicated to customers.
  • Requires Republic Services to assign an operations supervisor to support the City of Shakopee for operations issues, such as missed pick-ups, new carts and scheduling. This is intended to improve the customer experience.
  • Allows the city to propose new routes to Republic that will better serve customers and reduce wear and tear on city streets.
  • Begins to reduce the city’s liability for purchase of refuse and recycling carts. As city-owned carts break or are damaged, Republic Services will replace those carts with carts owned by Republic Services. This saves the city approximately $140,000 over the next two to three years. 

Further details on lower rates for 2019 will be released with the City Council packet when it is published.

  1. Updated: 01/18/2019