As a community-focused city, we are committed to informing our residents about important utility service changes. This page provides detailed information about the recent transition to new utility contracts and the corresponding adjustments in our rates following the expiration of our previous contracts in September 2023.

New Rate Structure

  • Monthly Rate: Starting January 2024 (billed in December 2023), the new monthly rate for residential and light commercial customers is $36.00 per customer.
  • Annual Increase: Additionally, a 2.5% annual rate increase is set each year, effective Oct. 1, for the next nine years through Sept. 30, 2033. 

Enhanced Services Under New Contracts

The new utility contracts with Waste Pro and H2O Innovation are not just about adjusting rates; they are also about enhancing the services you receive.

These include:

These services aim to make waste management more convenient and environmentally friendly.


A: The utility rate adjustments are being implemented due to the expiration (9/30/2023) of our previous contracts for waste management service. The adjustment is a necessary response to the increased costs for these services, which have risen similarly to those seen by the Harrison County Utility Authority. 

A: Enhanced services include twice-a-week garbage collection, weekly recycling, and weekly debris pickup.

Both companies were selected through a competitive RFP process that evaluated cost, efficiency, and reliability. The process involved detailed proposals and a selection committee’s recommendation.

These services are part of the city’s essential utilities, and all residential and light commercial units are automatically included to ensure a clean and healthy environment for everyone.

If you’re facing difficulties, please contact our 311 Customer Service team immediately to discuss possible payment arrangements. Nonpayment may result in discontinuation of services, but we are here to help find solutions.

The city will closely monitor the performance of Waste Pro and H2O Innovation to ensure they meet the terms of their contracts. Regular reviews and community feedback will be integral to this process.

Hazardous Waste

Monthly household hazardous waste collection day is the second Saturday of each month from 8 AM – 12 PM.

Collection Site:  10076 Lorraine Road – next to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department work center.

Accepted Items: latex or oil-based paint, used cooking or automotive oil, antifreeze, car or marine batteries, aerosol cans, flammable liquids (gasoline), white goods such as refrigerators and freezers, fluorescent light bulbs, cell phones, telephones, televisions, and tires (up to 25 per household).

For more information, please contact the Harrison County Beautification Department at 228-214-1405.


Community Involvement

Your understanding and cooperation are integral to the success of these new initiatives. We are committed to working together towards a cleaner, more sustainable Gulfport.

Thank you for being an active part of our community’s growth and development.