Ferriday accepts bid from new trash company

Published 12:08 am Tuesday, February 12, 2013

FERRIDAY — Starting today, Ferriday residents will have a different company picking up their trash after the previous company suspended all collection because of a past-due bill.

Mayor Gene Allen said the town accepted a bid Monday morning from Delta Disposal of Ferriday to continue the town’s residential and business garbage collection.

The bid acceptance comes after Waste Management suspended all garbage collection in the town last week because of a $200,616 past due bill, which Allen said was left over from the town’s previous administration.

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At a specially called meeting Friday morning, the board sent out urgent proposals to two waste disposal companies, Waste Pro and Delta Disposal, asking for pricing information for their services.

The board voted to give Allen permission to accept the proposal for the lowest bid and move forward with one of those two companies.

Delta Disposal will begin picking up trash of residents and businesses today, Allen said, but won’t be providing any new trash containers.

“This contract is only scheduled to last until Dec. 31, so when we get closer to that date, we’ll start seeking out more offers,” Allen said. “Since the contract is temporary to get us through the rest of this year, they won’t be issuing out their own containers.”

Residents should leave all trash in proper disposal bags at the same location where they were leaving the containers, Allen said.

Following today’s trash pickup, Allen said he will talk to officials with the company to schedule a day for weekly pickup.

Allen also said he hopes to sit down and talk to Waste Management officials about a solution to the past-due bill situation.

“We’re not just going to let that go unpaid,” he said.