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Trash service, recycling talk continues in Spiceland

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

There is only one “Spiceland” in the United States, according to long-time residents who live there. Wednesday night, town council members discussed another way to make this community of just under 900 people the best it can be.

A trash pick-up and curbside recycling service.

Town Council member Scott Fitch, who has done extensive research on the topic, updated board members on options and presented a tentative timeline for getting the system started. 

“It’s going to save the majority of people here some money,” Fitch said. “Quite a bit of money.”

Fitch said he would have a draft proposal at the council’s September meeting. Details of the proposal are still being finalized but may include:

• Services would only be for town residents. All town residents would have to participate;

• Curbside recycling would be offered once or twice a month;

• Large item pickup may be offered twice yearly;

• Different sizes of totes would be offered; and

• Senior citizen discounts and handicapped stickers for totes are being discussed as possibilities.

Fitch said the town currently has three different companies coming in and picking up trash on an individual home basis.

Officials said Wednesday that Rumpke, Big B and Best Way all have trash pick-up customers in Spiceland currently.

It would be a second attempt at offering a town-wide trash pick-up service in Spiceland. Town Council member Marita Roberson led a similar effort a few years ago, one that was not embraced by a majority of local residents.

Fitch is hoping this time will be different. 

A preliminary timetable calls for sealed bid proposals to be due Dec. 15. Fitch wants to allow enough time in the process for local residents to cancel their current trash pick-up service if the town selects someone different than they are using. 

Town Council members encouraged Fitch to talk with officials of Middletown, which is also in the midst of establishing a trash service for its residents.

A day of the week for potential Spiceland trash pick-up has yet to be determined.

“Once we pick a vendor, that could be part of the discussion on the contract,” Fitch said.