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Quincy opts out of area trash accord

Quincy will leave behind a tritown trash-collection agreement with Braintree and Weymouth in favor of one that will save money for the city, officials announced last week.

According to a press release, the new 10-year contract with Boston-based Sunrise Scavenger Inc. will save several million dollars compared to the current agreement, and will provide five new hybrid-powered collection trucks.

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The contract, which begins July 1, will cost $3.54 million a year for the first two years. From there, the cost of trash collection will increase 2 percent annually, capping at $4.1 million in the final year of the contract.

“Extending the existing contract would cost $1.4 million more in the first six years, with no guarantee on what increases would be for the following four years,” the city’s press release said.

Quincy had entered into the agreement in 2008 with Braintree and Weymouth in an effort to save each community money. While Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch called the partnership a “major success,” he said the city would be negligent if it did not seek better opportunities.

Braintree and Weymouth are pursuing their own options as well, such as automated trash-collection trucks that cannot be used in Quincy’s more densely populated neighborhoods.

Weymouth officials were not immediately available for comment, but Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan said he understood Koch’s decision.

“We all want to do what’s best for our specific community. So I don’t fault him for his decision,” Sullivan said.

He added: “I consider Tom [Koch] and [Weymouth Mayor Sue Kay] friends. We came into office together, we’ve held hands in terms of promoting regionalization, so it is a bit disappointing, but I do fully understand his thought process in this.”

Sullivan said Braintree will reach out to Weymouth over the next couple of weeks to determine how the two communities will proceed.

“I do think at the end of the day, a combined effort brings value,” Sullivan said.

The trash contract will also mean an increase in yard-waste collection dates, the implementation of a Quincy-specific customer service call center, a $20,000 increase in community outreach funding, and a $10,000 program for educational outreach to Quincy Public Schools.

Jessica Bartlett can be reached at jessica.may.bartlett@gmail.com.

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