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Sumter County will begin using a new solid waste collection provider in January whose mission is to think green.
The county will transition from Republic Services to Waste Management, which is already an option in the Sumter County area. Waste Management will provide the unincorporated areas of Sumter County automated cart services for curbside garbage collection.
"We are very excited to collaborate with Sumter residents on this new endeavor and plan to provide the residents with first-class, reliable and courteous service," said Frasier Saunders, Sumter senior district manager for Waste Management.
Sumter County unincorporated residents will receive a free green 96-gallon cart on wheels, but to receive the cart and to sign up for service, residents must contact Waste Management before Friday, Nov. 29.
"Each resident that subscribes for waste service will receive one new green cart," said Mindy Miller, representative for Waste Management Public Sector Services.
Miller said costs for service include the cart, but if residents do not sign up within the first 90 days between Jan. 1-March 30, 2020, there will be a one-time delivery fee of $50.
Cart deliveries will begin in early December and go until the end of the month. Collection will start the first week of January 2020.
"When the new year rolls around, residents of unincorporated areas of Sumter County can choose to use Waste Management for waste collection," said Joe Perry, communications coordinator for Sumter County. "Waste Management was awarded a three-year contract as their bid for exclusive franchise rights was the lowest."
Perry said Waste Management will charge $14.75 per cart per month, and residents will be billed quarterly.
"This is only for unincorporated areas of Sumter County, which generally refers to 20 household units in a square mile that are not in city limits," Perry said. "Although waste collection won't begin until next year, residents of unincorporated areas of the county need to contact Waste Management for sign-up."
Once signed up with Waste Management for collection services, residents will receive additional information about the transition, including the day of the week they will be serviced.
To begin service, contact Waste Management Monday-Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (803) 735-0808 or toll-free at (888) 964-9730, or email email@example.com.
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