PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — The Pere Marquette Township Board on Tuesday will consider extending the township’s contract with Republic Services that would change the schedule of collection services and cost the township more per month for collection and disposal of solid waste and recycling disposal and collection.

If approved, the contract will extend services with Republic for an additional five-year period, from Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2024, according to Paul Keson, Pere Marquette Township supervisor.

Under the extended contract, the township would pay a service charge for the collection of mixed refuse and recyclables in monthly installments, which would increase annually.

The total monthly charges would be $15,505.60 from Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020; $15,893.25 from Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021; $16,290.58 from Sept. 1, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2022; $16,697.85 from Sept. 1, 2022 to Aug. 31, 2023; and $17,323.62 from Sept. 1, 2023 to Aug. 31, 2024.

The monthly charges would include mixed solid waste collection and disposal and recycling collection, and for the 2023 to 2024 period, an additional $2,500 cart maintenance fee would be added.

“The recycling rates have increased the same as our solid waste rates so the overall monthly increase (of) 2.5-percent,” Keson stated in an email to the Daily News.

In the notes for Tuesday’s meeting, Keson said there would be other changes as well, including less frequent recycling collection and a perk for township residents who recycle.

“Any resident participating in the recycle program, will receive a 96-gallon, rolling cart that will replace the 18-gallon bin,” Keson stated. “And recycling will be picked up once a month instead of weekly.”

The 96-gallon cart would cost $36 a year for residents to rent.

The township board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pere Marquette Township Hall, 1699 S. Pere Marquette Hwy.

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