Meadows HOA to switch trash company

By Michael K. Rich

January 2, 2010 - 12:00 am
Trash receptacles waiting for delivery in the Maricopa Meadows subdivision.

Maricopa Meadows residents will soon be seeing a different trash man in town. The community this past week has completed a transition from the local Maricopa Disposal to Apache Junction-based Right Away Disposal.

“We feel this is a switch that will benefit our residents,” said Christian Price, president of the Maricopa Meadows Homeowners Association.

The HOA does not collect the dues on trash service, nor does it profit off the contract; however, it is able to give exclusive rights to a company to be the trash hauler for the community.

“The purpose of the HOA entering into a contract with a trash company is so there are not five different haulers coming in and out of the community on a weekly basis,” Price said. Nearly six months ago, Maricopa Meadows HOA began the process of researching potential trash haulers to serve the community for the next five years.

“Maricopa Disposal did a great job for us for five years, but we felt we owed it to our residents to look at proposals from other companies,” Price said. The HOA received proposals from Waste Management, Maricopa Disposal and Right Away Disposal.

Right Away Disposal came in with a bid that was several dollars higher a month than the other two providers, but the company was offering something the other two could not, Price said: a guaranteed cost.

“Right Away was able to guarantee their price would not increase for the next five years,” Price said. “We feel that assurance is something our homeowners would appreciate.”

During the last five years, Maricopa Disposal had increased their prices, though not significantly, Price said. And while the price of trash service will increase from $11.98 a month to $13.95 a month, the services will also grow.

Right Away Disposal will provide bulk trash pick up the second Wednesday of every month for no extra charge. “If a customer has bulk items they want picked up, we just ask that you call and let us know,” said Bart Powell, manager for the company. He added that the only request made on the bulk pick up is that the items are able to be picked up with manpower. “You would be surprised some of the things people will leave for bulk pickup,” he said.

In addition to the bulk pickup, the new company will accept glass in its recycling containers, something the previous company did not offer.

With the switch, the trash pickup day in the Meadows will shift to Thursday, and recycling will now be picked up on Monday. “We are excited to serve the community of Maricopa,” Powell said.
 

Photo by Michael K. Rich

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