Editor’s Note: This report previously stated that Waste Management was not recycling the material it received from the city of Clearwater, when in reality, the city was only sending the company a fraction of its recyclables. We regret the error.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — The city of Clearwater is hoping to finally put its recycling headache to rest on Thursday when the city council is expected to vote on a new contract and approve a refund plan for customers.

“We hear the customer feedback, the resident feedback,” said Jeffrey Kuhl. “We want to do what we can to earn back their trust. And we’ve done that with the transparency of the dashboard and things like that. So, hopefully, this is a small way to show the residents that we appreciate their effort, that they do to recycle on a daily basis.”

Barring any last-minute changes, Waste Connections will officially take over the recycling contract. The company and the city have been in a temporary contract that the city said is more expensive and doesn’t include any revenue sharing.

“They are local to Pinellas County,” said Kervin St. Aimie. “They gave us a better offer, a best for AMV, it’s a better rate.”

An investigation found the city was only sending a fraction of its recyclable material to its former contractor, Waste Management. Clearwater’s Solid Waste Department then went through a massive staff overhaul.

St. Aimie is the new solid waste director.

“I took it upon myself to look at the recycling program and recycle all the products that’s come to the city of Clearwater,” St. Aimie said. “We pick up everything curbside, we take it to a recycle facility, we put it in our tractor trailer. All those products are being sent to Waste Connections.”

The solid waste department said it expects refunds to come in the form of waived recycling fees for six months starting from the beginning of the new contract in October. The department said the waived fees will total $21 per household.

Customers who no longer live in Clearwater can call Utility Customer Service at 562-4600 to discuss a refund.