Riverhead garbage district residents can expect savings in 2012

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | A Maggio Sanitation truck in Riverhead.

Riverhead taxpayers in the town’s garbage district can expect to pay at least $150 less for garbage pickup in 2012, town officials said Wednesday.

Garbage district residents paid $504 for trash pickup in 2011, according to data provided by the town’s tax receiver office.

Riverhead Town submitted a request for proposals for sanitation services in September and the due date for bids was Tuesday. The town has not yet awarded the sanitation bid, but even if the contract was awarded to the highest bidder it would still save homeowners $150 a year, said deputy town supervisor Jill Lewis.

“Its going to be at least that much of a savings,” she said. Ms. Lewis did not name the companies that submitted bids.

The seven bids are currently being vetted by deputy town attorney Anne Marie Prudenti, and the contract will be awarded sometime in December, Ms. Lewis said.

The Yaphank-based Maggio Sanitation currently handles garbage pickup and disposal in Riverhead Town.

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