The City’s trash and recycling contract with Republic Services expires on Aug. 31 and Mayor Cyril Kleem has formed an ad hoc committee to study the options.
Service Director Paul Anzalone has put together a package that includes 16 options for contractors to bid on. All of the options include curbside recycling. Other variables include yard waste pickup, weekly bulk pickup, monthly bulk pickup and automated vs. manual pickup.
The Ad Hoc Committee met on Jan. 31 to discuss the options and City Council on Feb. 3 fast-tracked an ordinance authorizing the City to go ahead and request bids.
The City requested the extra time to allow all three trash companies in this area the opportunity to put together competitive bid packages. Expected to bid are Republic, Kimble and Rumpke.
Mayor Kleem said the City had looked at joining a consortium of other cities and at possibly piggybacking onto another community’s trash contract. Both of those plans proved unfeasible when contract expiration dates did not coincide.
Anzalone said the City paid Republic $1.04 million last year for trash and recycling pickup. He said that was average for this area.
The original five-year contract with Republic is dated 2012 with three options for one-year extensions.
The Ad Hoc Trash and Recycling Committee members are Mayor Kleem, Anzalone, City Council President Jeff Dettmer, Ward 2 Council Representative Chris McManis, Ward 3 Council Representative Jim Maxwell and Ward 4 Council Representative Kim Smith.