There's more good news for Hilton Head Island residents seeking new trash service.
Waste Management announced Friday it has lowered its rates for residential service to the island.
Russell Hightower, public affairs manager for Waste Management's South Atlantic area, said Friday that cost for weekly pickup will drop from $150.77 per quarter to about $116 for a single-family home. Twice-a-week pickup will drop from $187.46 to about $169.
Asked if Waste Management felt pressured to revise its pricing after more trash haulers announced plans last week to serve the island, at lower prices, Hightower said: "We continuously review what we do in the market and this is a normal part of our process.
"We are learning more about what residents and property managers are looking for, and most homeowners and property owners associations have made decisions in the last week about what they want to do, and we're reacting to those changes to provide an excellent service."
Anchor Waste Services, i2recycle, Property Preservation Inc. and American Pride Waste Solutions said Monday they will provide residential service to the island. They join Waste Management, Waste Pro and Republic Services Inc. Republic will no longer be the town's sole residential waste hauler after March 31.
Some residents were dismayed last month when they were told prices for waste and recycling collection could nearly triple come April 1 when the town's franchise agreement with Republic ends.
Current Republic customers pay $55 per quarter for weekly pickup and $64 for twice-a-week garbage and once-a-week recycling collection.
Republic's rates after the franchise will rise to $155 per quarter for once weekly pickup and to $195 for twice a week, the company has said.
But with new entrants into the market, many could see rates closer to what they were paying before the town's franchise agreement with Republic began in 2011.
Before the franchise, Hilton Head Plantation residents paid about $85 a quarter with Waste Pro, plantation general manager Peter Kristian has said.
Hilton Head Plantation and Sea Pines property owners associations have received quotes ranging from $73.50 to $155 for weekly pickup and $88.50 to $207 for twice-a-week service.
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