By Chip Ross
The first reading of the city’s new agreement with Waste Management will be Tuesday, April 18, at the Fernandina Beach City Commission meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The full agreement can be viewed by pressing the link below, which connects to Item 8.1 of the meeting agenda.
Beginning January 2024, the new contract will provide residential garbage pickup, recycling pickup and bulk pick up once a week. Previously pickup for garbage was twice a week.
Due to significant cost increases in fuel, new equipment and wages, there will be a price increase. The price agreed upon would have increased approximately 20% more if twice weekly garbage pickup service were maintained.
Additionally, with once-weekly service there will be significantly less truck traffic, less air pollution and less “trash can clutter” on city streets. Short-term rentals for extra service will be offered at an additional cost.
The contract does not affect the yard waste pickup currently provided separately by the city.
If you have any further questions or concerns please contact me at [email protected] or 410-394-0220.