Mid Valley Disposal hauls its way to Orange Cove

Orange Cove enters into a minimum 10-year contract with Mid Valley Disposal, with all services to begin June 1

Representatives from Mid Valley Disposal fill most of the first row of seating at Orange Cove City Hall during a council meeting April 24, 2024. Mid Valley Disposal was at the meeting to answer questions about the new service agreement it is entering into with the city. The city council unanimously approved the contract. (Serena Bettis)
Representatives from Mid Valley Disposal fill most of the first row of seating at Orange Cove City Hall during a council meeting April 24, 2024. Mid Valley Disposal was at the meeting to answer questions about the new service agreement it is entering into with the city. The city council unanimously approved the contract. (Serena Bettis)
Serena Bettis
Published April 27, 2024  • 
10:00 am

ORANGE COVE – Brand new carts of green, gray and blue will line the streets of Orange Cove by the end of May as the city’s new trash hauler, Mid Valley Disposal, prepares to start its service. 

A family-owned company founded in the San Joaquin Valley, Mid Valley Disposal (MVD) will begin a new franchise agreement with the city on June 1 after the Orange Cove City Council unanimously approved the contract at its April 24 meeting. Company representatives said that while they had already been working on the transition, an even bigger push would start as soon as the contract was approved. 

“All the brand new carts for the residents are already ready to go, … all the steel containers are there ready to get rolled out, the brand new garbage trucks are on their way, we’ve got all three drivers trained and ready to go, so we’re ready to push out informational material,” MVD District Manager Isaac Kulikoff said. 

Orange Cove is changing its trash contractor from Peña’s Disposal to MVD after issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) in November 2023; on Feb. 28, the council selected MVD, citing a preference to work with a local company. 

Kulikoff said residents will receive their new carts during the last week of May; beginning on May 27, carts will be delivered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of that week, and Peña’s Disposal will do its final trash pick up on that Thursday, May 30, and will take away its carts at that time. Memorial Day will not impact MVD service. 

Moving forward, MVD will complete trash pick up for its customers once a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Residential customers will receive more information about when their service day is when they receive their new carts. 

MVD divides the city into sections for trash pick up so that drivers are in and out of town earlier in the day but more than just once a week, allowing customers to request extra pickups if they forgot to take their cart out on their day, Kulikoff said. 

Contract terms, rates

The approved contract is for an initial 10-year term that begins on June 1 and ends on May 30, 2034. It also has a “rolling term” of 10 additional years; beginning on June 1, 2025, and on each anniversary of the contract start date after that, an additional year will be added onto the contract’s expiration date. 

A rate increase is required for the new contract, as city trash rates have not been increased in many years, City Manager Daniel Parra said. The city is working on initiating the Proposition 218 process to increase rates, and the current rates will be honored by MVD until the new rates go into effect, likely on July 1. 

Proposition 218 is an initiative passed by California voters that outlines how cities can increase utility rates. City must prove that the rates they are instituting reflect the cost of providing a service, and they must hold a public hearing on the rate increases that allows for customer objections. 

Orange Cove residents should receive notice in the mail soon of the public hearing in June. Customers are allowed to protest the new rates in writing or in person; if a majority of customers protest the increase, it cannot be implemented. 

According to the MVD contract, all rates will increase by 23% and, if approved, will go into effect on July 1. After that, rates will not increase again until July 1, 2026, at which time they will increase by 4% annually to account for inflation. 

The average residential trash bill will increase from $21.03 to $25.87 per month. Commercial bills with once a week service will increase from $42.06 to $51.73 for up to 96 gallons of solid waste and from $172.16 to $211.76 for up to three cubic yards. Industrial bills with service up to three cubic yards will increase from $130.60 to $160.64 for once a week service and from $908.26 to $1,117.16 for service five days a week.  

Community benefits

As requested by the city council, other trash collection services provided to customers will include: two annual dump days that take into account resident’s varying work schedules, two free bulky item pick ups and two vouchers for drop-offs, free compost giveaway, free shredding and full household hazardous waste (HHW) collection at one dump day and Christmas tree disposal following the holiday.

MVD will also provide the city with free portable toilet services at all city-sponsored events and complete targeted cleanup of illegal dumping around the city of up to 35 tons of waste annually. 

Residents who provide MVD with documentation that they have a disability or are at least 65 years old will receive free walk-in service, meaning the resident does not have to bring their carts to the curb, and free on-site pickup of bulky items during dump days. Additionally, MVD will provide up to $5,000 in scholarships to local graduating high school students. 

Benefits for students and senior residents were specifically requested by council members when they selected MVD for the contract. Councilmember Maria Vacio emphasized that she wanted to ensure the contractor would be able to service the unique needs of Orange Cove residents. 

To educate the community about MVD service, Kulikoff said residents will receive an informational packet with their new carts, and there will also be a town hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 15 at the Victor P. Lopez Community Center. All information will be provided in both English and Spanish, and Spanish-speaking representatives will be at the town hall as well, Kulikoff said.

Serena Bettis
General Assignment Reporter