Republic’s contract expired on Dec. 31, 2015 and the City entered into a new contract phase with WCA Waste Corp. starting Jan. 1, 2016; service to residents and businesses became effective Jan. 4.
The seven-year agreement with WCA was authorized by City Council on July 20, 2015 and is for residential (Ordinance No. O-15-46), commercial (Ordinance No. O-15-47) and municipal solid waste and recyclable collection materials. The deal also provides for Missouri City to collect a franchise fee of 5 percent of gross receipts from WCA.
Additionally, as the WCA solid waste service includes curbside recycling, the City’s recycling drop-off center will permanently close on Feb. 29, 2016.
Subdivisions that are paying less than they would for the City service were authorized
to remain under their existing plan and will continue to do so until their base rate is not lower than the City’s base rate. Subdivisions that were paying more than they would have under the City contract were transferred onto the municipal plan.
Penalties may be assessed to WCA if services are not provided in accordance with the City contract.
The consolidation of the City’s waste collection contract was done to ensure that residents have the most efficient and economical service available.
Currently, Missouri City’s solid waste collection contract with WCA covers more than 93 percent of area homes. Any neighborhoods developed after 2007 are required to be on the City’s contract but older neighborhoods had the option to choose their own service.