Where garbage pick-up is concerned, Geneseo residents “receive the lowest rate for an extremely high level of service” said City Administrator Lisa Kotter.

Where garbage pick-up is concerned, Geneseo residents “receive the lowest rate for an extremely high level of service” said City Administrator Lisa Kotter.

However, with the city’s contract with Republic Services set to expire at the end of 2017, the price residents pay or the services they receive might have to change.

At present, residents pay $12.95 a month. That charge allows residents weekly garbage pick up, weekly yard waste pick up, and every-other-week recycling pick up. Residents can also contact Republic Services once a month to remove a large item — such as a couch or mattress — for free.

The city’s fall and spring clean-up days also are covered by the monthly fee.

When the current five-year contract was negotiated, it was the first such contract the City of Geneseo had ever had.

As a result, no data existed on the tonnage of garbage, recycling or yard waste that Republic could expect to collect from the community.

Five years later, Republic now has that data.

“They say our yard waste is a major issue. More so than in other communities,” said Kotter. “We’re the only community to offer unlimited yard waste.”

Resident Kathy Allen told the council the amount of yard waste collected — especially in the fall — could be partially attributed to the city’s leaf burning ban.

In order to keep the city’s garbage and recycling fee close to the current $12.95, Kotter said yard waste may have to be removed. Instead, those wanting yard waste collection may have to pay a separate annual subscription or pay for yard waste collection stickers.

City officials hope to negotiate a contract extension with Republic Services.

To ensure collection efficiency, residents are reminded to keep garbage and recycling toters at least 3 feet apart. The separation allows the garbage truck’s manual arm to better grab the tote.

Because garbage is collected every week, Kotter also said it’s recommended for residents to put their trash toters out for collection weekly.

“We have many people who don’t put their garbage out on non-recycling weeks,” she said, adding that results in an unbalanced collection. Trucks collecting garbage on non-recycling weeks have very light loads, while those collecting garbage on recycling weeks are forced to make extra trips to the landfill to empty, meaning the recycling week garbage collection takes much longer.

“Even if you only have a small amount of garbage, it’s better to put it out every week,” said Kotter.