COUNCIL VOTES TO END CONTRACT WITH JIM'S DISPOSAL, SEEKS NEW PROPOSALS FOR CITYWIDE SOLID WASTE SERVICES
RAYMORE, MO - The Raymore City Council on Tuesday voted 6-0 to end the contract with Jim’s Disposal for citywide solid waste services and immediately began the process of searching for a new vendor to provide trash, recycling and yard waste services.
Jim’s Disposal began providing trash services in Raymore on Jan. 1, 2018, as part of a three-year contract that had the option of being extended to five years. After a year and a half of service, staff found that the relationship between Jim’s Disposal and the City had not evolved into a trusted collaboration, which is needed with a service of this magnitude.
“At the end of the day, everyone wanted this to be a successful relationship,” City Manager Jim Feuerborn said. “But we have been unable to get there - for whatever the reason.”
As outlined in the contract, Jim’s Disposal will continue to pick up trash in Raymore for 60 days. Their final trash pick-up days in Raymore will be Wednesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 11, with any additional pick-up services through July 14. In that time, the City will be accepting proposals from solid waste vendors and will assist Jim’s Disposal and the new vendor during this transition process.
The first change residents will notice will be new trash and recycling carts that will be delivered later in June. The current trash and recycling carts are owned by Jim’s Disposal and will be removed as service winds down.
The City Council voted on May 13 to purchase City-owned trash and recycling carts to ensure that any vendor would be able to pick-up trash and recycling in Raymore without having to purchase or maintain carts.
“As we seek ways to improve service in our solid waste, recycling and yard waste programs, the Council decided to move forward with this necessary first step,” Assistant City Manager Mike Ekey said.
Residents will have the option of selecting a 96- or 65-gallon solid waste container and can elect to have a 65-gallon recycling container if they wish to continue recycling. Each home will be given one trash (black lids) and one recycling (blue lid) cart. Additional carts may be purchased through the City’s Utility Clerks.
The City will be sending notices with more information and a timeline to all residents who receive trash service. More details will become available as the City receives proposals from solid waste vendors later this month.
Residents with questions can call the City’s Utility Clerks at 816-331-5182 or City Hall’s main line at 816-331-0488.