Mid Valley Disposal to roll out services in Selma

Selma residents should be on the lookout for information from the city’s new garbage collection contractor Mid Valley Disposal

A Mid Valley Disposal truck as seen in the town of Reedley, California. (Via the Mid Valley Disposal website.)
Serena Bettis
Published June 6, 2024  • 
9:30 am

SELMA – Throughout the month of June, Selma residents will see their dark green Waste Management trash bins transition to bright green Mid Valley Disposal bins, as the locally-owned company prepares to take over city garbage collection services. 

Although the first official day of service provided by Mid Valley Disposal (MVD) is not until July 1, President and CEO Joseph Kalpakoff said MVD has been working in the background with city staff for the last six months to ensure a smooth transition between garbage haulers. As a part of this work, Kalpakoff and MVD District Manager Isaac Kulikoff visited the Selma City Council meeting on June 3 to share important information residents should know about their new services.

“Thank you for allowing us the time tonight to come in and kind of overview the transition of solid waste and recycling service providers,” Kalpakoff said. “It’s not something that the city normally does as a regular part of business, but it’s obviously something that Mid Valley Disposal takes seriously, and we have a lot of experience doing it.”

Kulikoff provided an overview of what residents need to do in order to get their trash bins switched out and stressed that MVD employees are available to answer any and all questions residents have. All Selma residents should receive mailers and door hangers with information about MVD services on them and each new MVD trash bin will come with an informational flyer as well, Kulikoff said. Additionally, Selma residents can access service information specific to them on a dedicated page of the MVD website.

New services

Beginning on June 15, residents should take out their trash, recycling and organics carts as normal on their regularly scheduled service day, but should not remove their carts from the curb when they are emptied. Instead, MVD will remove the old carts and replace them with MVD carts, either on the same service day or at some point after. Kulikoff said the process will take about two weeks, between June 15 and June 28.

WM will continue to provide residents, as well as commercial customers, with their regular pick up services through the end of the month, even as residents start to use their new MVD carts. If residents do not receive new carts by July 1, they should call MVD at 559-567-0649.

For residents whose trash gets picked up in an alley, they will need to put their old carts out front on the curb instead. MVD will replace the carts from the street in front of the home instead of from the alley, and they are also going to begin servicing all homes from the front curb. Kulikoff said this is because the city asked MVD to service homes in this way, as alleys contain hazards like low-hanging electrical lines, and it can be difficult for large garbage trucks to move through them. 

Contrary to what some members of the public may have heard, the services provided by MVD are not going to be more costly than the current service provider. Kalpakoff said the rates, which are billed through property taxes, will be a few dollars lower each month than what residents are used to. 

According to the contract with MVD, the rates will not change until July 1, 2026. Future yearly increases will be based on the change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is an inflationary calculation, but will be capped at 5%. 

Kulikoff also spoke about compliance with Senate Bill 1383, which mandates new requirements for recycling and organic waste collection. He said MVD has a team solely focused on SB 1383 education and compliance and will ensure that all residents are thoroughly informed of how to properly sort their garbage. 

“This is not the first community that we’ve rolled out 1383 to, so we understand that there are some complications to it, and it takes some time, it really does,” Kalpakoff said. 

Serena Bettis
General Assignment Reporter