Locust Fork cuts garbage pickup fee by 30 percent



New truck in town. Waste Pro, of Longwood. Fla., won the bid for garbage removal within the city limits of Locust Fork.

New truck in town. Waste Pro, of Longwood. Fla., won the bid for garbage removal within the city limits of Locust Fork.

The town council of Locust Fork requested bids for its trash pickup service, and was able to reduce the permonth rates from $17.01 provided by Allied Waste, the current contractor, to $10.95 with Waste Pro. The new service will go into effect in September and will include once-per-week trash removal.

Waste Pro is a privately-owned waste collection, recycling, and disposal company operating in seven Southeastern states, serving 70 locations and about 1.8 million residential and commercial customers.

“Waste Pro is thrilled to be awarded this opportunity to serve the residents of Locust Fork and become a part of their community,” said George Nicholson, division manager for Waste Pro. He said additional services such as recycling and alternative collection accommodation for the elderly and disabled will be made available to residents. The pickup service will be managed from Waste Pro’s facility at 300 Fleming Road in Birmingham.

“Residents will like the money they save, but they’ll also be delighted with the quality of our service,” said senior vice president of marketing Ron Pecora. “We’re all about good service.”

“We think this is all upside,” said Locust Fork Mayor Joseph Hughes. “The council is always looking at the services we provide to our citizens, and what we can do better. We looked into garbage pickup in April, and decided to go forward with bidding it. We’re going to get a much lower price and at least as good a service – maybe even better – with Waste Pro. So far, they’ve been very responsive to our calls and e-mails.”

For further information about garbage containers, collection schedules, and other service-related questions during the transition, contact Waste Pro at 205- 432-0878.