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Gwinnett County amends Solid Waste Contract

Haulers held to stricter guidelines, slight increase in cost for residents.

Gwinnett County amends Solid Waste Contract

As a result of rising fuel and labor costs, worker shortages, supply chain issues and a higher volume of trash and recycling, the County amended its contract with residential solid waste haulers.

Changes to the agreement will increase payments to haulers and provide them with the resources needed to deliver better services, while holding them accountable for services that are not provided – like missed routes. 

Residential property owners in unincorporated Gwinnett County will see a $22.44 increase in their annual solid waste fee for 2023. The increase is based on the annual adjustments for fuel costs and Consumer Price Index changes that would have taken effect regardless of the revised agreement. In addition to the increase, residents will receive a $6.06 credit that will be applied to the annual solid waste fee from liquidated damages assessed to haulers last year. With the credit applied, the annual increase will be $16.38, or $1.37 per month.

The 25% senior discount will continue for qualifying accounts and the County will continue to assess how to best use liquidated damages to benefit residents.

Here’s a more in-depth look at the performance requirements haulers must meet:

• Haulers will be required to implement notification systems for missed routes when scheduled routes are not completed
• Reporting requirements have been enhanced for better performance tracking
• Specific performance measures and liquidated damages have been added missed collections
• Standards for failure to correct missed collections and chronic problems have been strengthened
• Procedures for any suspension of service due to uncontrollable circumstances have been strengthened

Additional costs for 2022 and a portion of the increases for 2023 will be paid from the solid waste fund.

The current agreement expires in June 2026. The County will revisit its current Solid Waste Management plan to address residents needs within the next 10 years.