Kathy Antoniotti

COVENTRY TWP.: Residents who fail to discontinue their current trash service risk getting billed twice each month after a township-wide program takes effect July 1.

Trustees approved a trash and recycling contract with Republic Services of Fairview Park in early May that will affect each of the township’s 4,200 households. Area businesses also will be required to enroll in the plan, with the exception of commercial properties and larger residential complexes that collect trash in large bins.

Coventry Township residents must enroll in the program even if they are established Republic customers. They will have three levels of service they may choose, each including recycling.

“If they don’t call, they will automatically be enrolled in the unlimited service,” trustee David Calderone said last week.

Residents can contact Republic’s Massillon office at 800-247-3644 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Trustees are estimating that residents can expect to save up to 50 percent of their current rates through the program.

But Calderone is warning homeowners they also must cancel contracts with other haulers to avoid getting two bills once the program takes effect. Residents who already have paid for trash service through another hauler will be entitled to a refund after July 1, he said.

Trustees said that contracting with a single trash-hauling service will save wear and tear on the township’s 54.8 miles of roads by restricting trash trucks, each one estimated to have the same effect as 1,200 cars, to two days a week and only during designated hours.

The contract expires at the end of 2016, at the same time as a contract New Franklin approved last year, giving both communities more power when they negotiate together for new contracts, Calderone said. New Franklin’s five-year contract represents 6,200 households.

Rates and options for service are identical for both communities, Calderone said.

Unlimited trash collection will cost residents $11.20 a month beginning July 1, with a gradual increase of $1.41 over the life of the contract. That includes providing each homeowner with an 18-gallon bin for recycled items and the collection of large items, such as appliances and furniture, at no additional cost.

Smaller households can opt for a weekly single 30-gallon bag service with recycling for $2.12 a month plus $1.35 a bag, or a 96-gallon cart service for $9.95. Both plans include recycling, but large item collection would need to be scheduled and there would be a $5 charge per item.

Back door collection is available from $10 to $17 a month, depending on the service level. Extra carts may be provided for $2.50 each.

The contract also ensures that Coventry residents will be included in the company’s “We’re Looking Out for You” program, in which drivers are trained to report any suspicious events, crimes in progress, traffic accidents and other emergencies.

Residents can find more information about the program at www.coventrytownship.com.

Kathy Antoniotti can be reached at 330-996-3565 or kantoniotti@thebeaconjournal.com.