City leaders to discuss Waste Management contract

MATT ALGARIN 654-8448 | @DestinlogMatt
City leaders in Destin must decide if they want to renew their franchise agreement with Waste Management, or renegotiate, by Dec. 31.

To renew or not to renew? That's the question city leaders face with the Waste Management franchise agreement.

In 2011, the city signed a five year contract with Waste Management to provide collection and disposal of residential and commercial trash.

As part of the agreement, the city is required to notify the company between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 if it wants to cancel or renegotiate the contract. The city has had a contract with Waste Management since 2006.

If the city chooses to do nothing, the agreement will be automatically renewed as it currently stands. Waste Management provides twice-weekly cart service, once a week recycling and special material pickup up to six cubic yards.

According to city documents, "Waste Management has expressed a desire to renegotiate the franchise."

Residential rates for carts and recycling are $258.98 annually ($21.58 per month) and $208.35 annually ($17.36 per month) for senior citizens.

City leaders will discuss the Waste Management contract at tonight's city council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Destin City Hall Annex.

To see the complete agenda, CLICK HERE.