The Regional Board of Mayors voted last week to extend the garbage collection contract with Sunrise Disposal for five years.
The issue now has to be ratified by the four municipal councils before it can take effect.
The current contract extends to Dec. 31, 2014, and if approved by the councils, it will extend to Dec. 31, 2019.
The contract got early attention because the current agreement specifies that extension would be considered before the end of May, 2013.
The early extension, the mayors were told, was to allow time at the end of the agreement to go out to bid if the mayors chose to do so.
The RBOM’s agreement with Sunrise Disposal allows for a cost-of-living increase annually, if conditions allow for it.