New garbage, trash service just around the corner

Team Waste, the company that takes over residential garbage collection in Biloxi beginning Oct. 1, is ramping up public awareness of the new pickup schedule and new service.

New trash and recycling carts are making their way into neighborhoods, but residents should continue to use existing Waste Pro carts and recycling bins until Oct. 1.

The biggest changes for Biloxi under the contract, which is administered by the Harrison County Utility Authority: Garbage, recycling and trash pickup will be one day a week instead of twice a week, and the monthly fee increases to $14.33, from $12.50.

Pickup for areas north of I-10 and the Eagle Point area will be Thursday of each week and south of I-10 will be Friday. (See the map by clicking here.)

Team Waste will handle garbage and recycling, which will now each be in its own cart instead of a bin, and a new second, Pelican Waste & Debris, will be dedicated to trash pick up.

“The biggest issue that everyone had in the past was reliability and accountability,” Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard said. “They want to know that when they put their garbage, trash or recycling out it is going to be picked on the appointed day. We are encouraged by the steps the Harrison County Utility Authority is taking in the areas of accountability and customer service.”

Among the steps are that bins will have computer chips that will track the location of bins and whether they were picked up as scheduled, and a customer service number — one number — to handle any missed service.

Residents also can learn more about the new services and get answers to questions in any of three upcoming meetings:

– Monday, Aug. 28 – Woolmarket Community/Senior Center, Woolmarket Road.

– Tuesday, Sept. 5 – Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center, Howard Avenue.

– Thursday, Sept. 21 – Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, Pass Road.

Each meeting will be from 6 to 7 p.m.
City Desk: A discussion about the new service
Answers to frequently asked questions
More about the new carts
See a map of the pickup schedule
What to do with hazardous waste