REED CITY -- American Waste will replace Republic Service for trash pick-up service in Reed City beginning Feb. 1.

According to a post on the city's website, after conducting a sealed bid process, the city council awarded the low bid to American Waste for a 3-year contract to begin Feb. 1 for weekly solid waste pick-up and monthly household waste pick-up.

"The contract with Republic was set to expire Dec. 31, city council decided to go with the low bidder, American Waste," city attorney Ron Howell said. "Republic has offered to extend their services to Jan. 31, to help with the transition."

Residential customers should have received a letter from American Waste notifying them of the change and explaining pick-up guidelines, he said.

Customers are asked to call American Waste to let them know what type of service they desire -- bags or totes.

"It is important to call and let American Waste know if you want to use bags or a tote," Howell said. "After the Feb. 1 deadline, Republic will collect their totes and American will drop off a new tote."

American Waste will be using red bags, but will honor and pick up any yellow bags customers still have for 60 days after Feb. 1.

Any customers that have unopened rolls of yellow bags can bring them to city hall after Feb. 1 for a refund, the notice states.

Customers may see a slight increase in their fees for trash service.

According to Howell, the fee for bag pick up will increase from $1.80 to $1.85 per bag and the fee for monthly household pick up will increase from $1.80 to $2 per month.

The fee for tote pick up will remain at $11.50 per month.

Residents can view the public notice on the city's website at reedcity.org.

"The city and American Waste are trying to make this transition with as few conflicts as possible," Howell said.

"If you still have question or concerns, please call city hall."

In addition to calling city hall, (231) 832-2245, customers also may contact American Waste at (231) 943-8088 with questions about their service.