Lexington, S.C. – Lexington County residents in unincorporated parts of the County (outside of town or city limits) who use curbside collection services for garbage will experience service provider and rate changes soon.
Due to the impending expiration of contracts with curbside garbage collections services, County officials submitted requests for many companies to bid for the new contracts through its procurement process. In several cases, only one company bid on the contracts as they were written. As a result of this, customers will experience rate and service provider changes based on who won those bids. There are several reasons for the increase in the monthly rate.
The current fees that were being charged have not increased since 2009. The cost to provide waste collection services over the past 10-years has increased dramatically. Lexington County oversees the franchise area contracts to keep these costs under control as much as possible, however the increase in equipment costs, employee salaries, fuel and insurance for the businesses who bid to haul away the trash have gone up since the present rates were set. The companies that provide these services are for profit businesses and not Lexington County. No County elected official or employee works for these companies. The private businesses work for residents who wish to use the service. If you decide to use them, you pay them directly, not Lexington County. The County does not profit in any way from the service contracts. The County simply acts as the procurement agency for the citizens so that residents who wish to have their solid waste removed from their home by a contractor to a county collection station rather than hauling it away themselves will have that option. You still have the option of carrying your own garbage and recyclables to a Lexington County convenience station and dropping it off there for free.
Here are the details regarding the last phase of these changes. Changes have already taken place in other areas of the county because of the staggered expiration of the old contracts:
District 1 (see map) effective April 1, 2019:
Service provider will change from Advanced Disposal to Capital Waste Services
Household, yard waste and every other week recycling service to be provided
Customers will see a change in curbside collection rate from $15.95 to $26.45 per month
Customers will see a change in backdoor collection rate from $30.45 to $40.45 per month
Capital Waste Services will use customers’ existing household waste and recycling carts which are being purchased by Capital Waste from Advanced Disposal.
Capital Waste Services will send a postcard with further information to existing customers the week of March 4th on how to sign up for service on their website.
Collection day will likely change.
A new service agreement and quarterly invoice (April through June 2019) will be mailed to customers during the week of March 11th.
District 1 customers with questions can contact Capital Waste Services at their website www.Capwasteservices.com or call them at (803) 814-0040
District 5 (see map) effective April 1, 2019:
Service provider will change from Advanced Disposal to Tyler’s Sanitation of Columbia
District 5 has been divided into two service areas: Urban and Rural. The urban service area will receive household garbage and yard-waste collection weekly and recycling collection every other week. The rural service area will only receive weekly household garbage collection. Yard waste and recycling collection service is unavailable. Yard Waste and Recyclable materials can be taken to any one of the County’s 11 Collection and Recycling Centers or the Edmund Landfill.
Customers who wish to subscribe to curbside collection services in the urban service area (north of Edmund Highway, Gator Road and Glenn Road) will see a change in curbside collection from $15.95 to $33.00 per month. Backdoor collection rates will change from $30.45 to $66.00 per month.
Customers who wish to subscribe to curbside collection services in the rural service area (south of Edmund Highway, Gator Road and Glenn Road) will see a change in curbside collection from $15.95 to $33.00 per month. Backdoor collection rates will change from $30.45 to $66.00 per month.
Collection day is likely to be changed and services in the Urban area (household, yard waste and recycling) will be collected on different days of the week. Household waste on either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, Recycling every other week on Thursday and Yard Waste on Friday.
Tyler’s Sanitation of Columbia will be providing customers with new household waste and/or recycling carts. Advanced Disposal will be collecting their carts the last week of their service in March.
Existing customers will receive a letter, collection information and Quarterly Invoices (April to June 2019) on or about March 1 and 2 from Tyler’s Sanitation informing them of the changes and how to sign up for service.
District 5 customers with questions can contact Tyler’s Sanitation at (803) 626-9000.
For information on solid waste franchise district boundaries, contact Lexington County Solid Waste Management at (803) 755-3325, or visit Lexington County’s Solid Waste Management website at https://lex-co.sc.gov.departments/solid-waste-management.