City seeks bids for collection of trash
Waste removal is $900,000 of $21.9 million budget; Firms have until Jan. 28 to apply
December 26, 2002
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The city is putting out to bid a contract that ranks in the top 10 of municipal expenses: solid waste and recycling.
"It's one of the city's biggest ongoing costs," said Thomas B. Beyard, director of public works and planning. "We'll hopefully find something comparable to what we have now."
In the city's $21.9 million budget, sanitation and waste removal takes up nearly $900,000, the third-highest expenditure in the public works department behind streets and recreation and parks.
Companies that want to bid on the city's contract - worth at least $1.5 million for three years starting next summer, said Beyard - may pick up packages at City Hall and submit proposals until Jan. 28.
Trash is picked up once a week at each location, but
Residents living outside municipalities have to contract directly with trash collectors and pay on average $200 a year, about double the average paid by
"We get a volume discount," he said. "It's actually a good bargain for people."
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At the beginning of this year, 4,373 houses and city buildings were using the city for trash collection. Beyard expects that number to rise above 4,500 by summer.
Bidders should submit a bid that covers each year through June 2008, when the city estimates nearly 5,000 buildings will be on trash pickup routes. The city asks that bidders submit two proposals: one for three years and one for five.