NEW ROADS, La. (AP) — The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury is considering taking its trash collection service out of the hands of a private company and creating a parish-operated solid waste management program.

Parish officials tell The Advocate doing so could result in annual savings between $400,000 to $600,000.

The parish's trash collection service is contracted through Progressive Waste Solutions, formerly IESI.

Pointe Coupee's contract with the company includes a 4 percent annual increase that has forced jurors to approve rate increases over the past several years.

Parish Administrator Jim Bello says the parish's contract with Progressive expires in February 2014.

Bello said it will take six garbage trucks with an estimated cost of $235,000 each to handle twice-a-week pick-up for residential garbage.