ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — State officials overseeing Atlantic City have hired a firm to handle the city’s trash and recycling collection, a move that angered some City Council members.

The Press of Atlantic City ( reports state officials awarded a three-year, $7.2 million contract to Gold Medal Environmental. The decision came nearly three weeks after the council tabled a vote to outsource the service.

City administration officials say the move will save the cash-strapped city $1.1 million a year without necessitating layoffs.

But some council members have said they’ve never received an analysis comparing the contract to the cost of doing the service in-house.

New Jersey took over Atlantic City’s finances in November. State overseer Jeffrey Chiesa says the state did what was in the best interest of the city.

Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.),