The Star: Government 6/26/2018 Jennifer Fetterly | Regional Editor | Posted: Saturday, August 8, 2015

City of Sun Prairie’s switch of trash and recycling vendors next April will save $1.5 million over the next five years. A $5.5 million, five-year contract with Pellitteri Waste Systems was given a preliminary OK at the Aug. 4 Public Works Committee, and will now move to the city council for final approval. The Madison-based company outbid the city’s current vendor, Advance Disposal, by more than $522,542. The company will start service on April 1, 2016, providing weekly refuse and recycling every other week. “We look forward to serving the community,” said Danielle Pellitteri, vice-president of sales. “Welcome aboard, we look forward to working with you too, as long as you do a good job,” Public Works Committee Chair and District 1 Alder Russ Fassbender joked. Residents will be able to call the company directly to pick up bulk/large items. City officials said the fees will be similar to current pricing. Committee members also recommended that Pellitteri receive the five-year contract yard waste collection contract, over current vendor Advance Disposal. Pellitteri outbid Advanced Disposal $79,200 to $88,889. The committee considered three bids, including one from Schonheit Gardens ($48,680) that would use a vacuum system to pick up leaves. City officials felt there were more cons than pros in that method because it would blow leaves into the street, storm sewers and other residents’ yards. The Pellitteri contract increases the yard waste service to four collections, two in spring and two in fall. There are currently only three pick-ups.