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Columbus Council Approves Waste Contract Despite Rising Costs

Sam Hendren

Columbus City Council has approved the second year of a five-year agreement for curbside yard waste and recycling, despite a huge cost increase.

The city would pay Cincinnati-based Rumpke about $8.7 million in 2018. That's almost double the amount the city paid when it first launched curbside pickup with Rumpke in 2012. 

The company held a five-year contract that came up for renewal last year. Rumpke was the only bidder for a new five-year deal. 

Columbus's charter requires them to affirm the budget for such contracts each year.

City officials are working to find cost savings in the contract, but nothing has worked out yet. 

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.