NEW ROADS, La. (AP) — The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury has put off acting on a request to hire a solid waste consultant after a spokesman for its current trash contractor dangled potential savings to the parish tied to a contract renegotiation.

The Advocate reports Roddie Matherne, of Progressive Waste Solutions, told the jury Tuesday it could save more than $1 million during the life of a new five-year contract if trash in the parish is collected on a weekly basis.

Matherne says household garbage is currently collected twice a week by Progressive.

He said several parishes across the state have converted to once-a-week service to reduce costs.