The St. John City Council tentatively agreed to extend its contract for trash collection with Allied/Republic Services through March 31, 2018.
Switching to trucks powered by natural gas has resulted in savings that are being passed on to customers, Tony Lamantia of Republic told the council.
The rate for the first year will be $19.70 a month, down from the current $20.49 a month. The senior discount will go from $18.44 a month to $17.73 a month. After that, annual increases will be determined by the consumer price index, which has been running about 2.4 percent, Lamantia said.
Service will remain the same with once-a-week pick-ups each of trash, recyclables and yard waste. Residents can also dispose of up to two bulky household items per month free of charge. There will continue to be a charge to residents for disposal of remodeling waste, he said.