Starting Wednesday, a new trash hauler will roam the streets of York City.

City officials are asking residents to be patient while York Waste crews learn the new routes.

Little else - including collection days, bag limits and yard-waste and large-item policies - has changed, according to a news release from the city.

As always, collection begins at 6 a.m. and may continue as late as 9 p.m. Missed collections should be reported the next morning to (717) 843-1240 or the city's public works department at (717) 849-2245.

Residents should continue placing trash outside for collection any time after 5 p.m. the night before and no later than 6 a.m. the morning of collection.

York Waste replaces Penn Waste as the city's waste hauler. The company was the low bidder for the four-year contract.

The city will pay York Waste about $1.47 million per year for its services.

Details of the contract came under the microscope late last year when the president of Penn Waste alleged city officials had improperly corresponded with representatives of York Waste during the bid process.

Scott Wagner also argued his company would actually be the low bidder if the city eliminated a "fuel escalator" from the contract. Penn Waste had bid about $92,000 more than York Waste per year.

After several meetings, the city stuck to its original plan of hiring the low bidder.

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