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Wausau will keep current garbage hauler

Veolia Environmental Services
Veolia Environmental Services

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau will keep its current garbage hauler for the next five years.

The City Council awarded its contract Tuesday night to Veolia Environmental Services. The Schofield-based company submitted a proposal for $8.2 million dollars.

Residents won’t notice any change in their service, said Veolia general manager Todd Mitchell.

The contract will likely be executed in a week, said Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple. The new contract begins January 1, 2010.

The biggest change, however, is that the city will require the hauler to truck its waste to the Marathon County landfill in Ringle. Veolia now disposes of the city’s waste at the Cranberry Creek landfill near Wisconsin Rapids.

The city will save roughly $119,000 over the first two years of the contract. The overall contract is about $400,000 less than when Veolia submitted its first proposal in July.

Wausau was forced to re-open the contract after the Rhinelander company that initially got it refused to sign it.