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Delafield may dump up-the-drive waste collection

City of Delafield - City residents with long driveways or private drives may no longer recieve up-the-drive garbage collection service as part of a new waste-hauling contract being negotiated between the city and Advance Disposal.

City Administrator Tom Hafner acknowledged this week that the city was "heading in that direction" because continuing up-the-drive service would add $150,000 in the cost of the contract. Hafner said negotiations are continuing between the city and the waste hauler.

Advance Disposal of Florida was one of four waste-hauling companies that presented solid waste and recycling collection proposals to Waukesha County on behalf of 20 municipalities.

Waukesha County officials have urged local officials not to make public the proposed costs or other contract documents until after the local governments have negotiated the contracts, according to Hafner.

Hafner said the city may try to negotiate provisions in the contract that would allow residents who want to continue up-the-drive service to maintain  individual contracts with Advance Disposal at a higher cost than residents who receive curbside services would pay.

Hafner said exceptions may also be made for senior citizens or disabled people who live in homes with long driveways.

Up-the-drive service is provided in the existing city contract with Advance Disposal.

However, Waukesha County officials encouraged municipalities to join in the county-coordinated bidding process in order to acquire individual municipal contracts that would result in less cost for waste collection and more revenues in the collection of recyclables.

Waukesha County and the city of Milwaukee are in a joint venture to develop a recycling center that is expected to help reduce processing costs and increase revenues from the collection of recyclables.

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