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Posted: 07/02/14

Wash Twp considers
waste hauler contract

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      Washington Township is determining how to proceed in selecting a new waste hauler.
       The Board of Trustees reviewed pricing and services from three waste hauler providers at its June 18 meeting with the goal of approving of a new eight-year contract to begin Oct. 1.
       The results from a special meeting held June 30 regarding the contract were not available as of Observer print deadline.
       Clerk Kathy Bosheers said a six-year agreement with Allied Waste was entered in 2008, but Republic bought out the company and took over the contracts from there. The contract is set to expire Sept. 30.
       "We're at that point where we need to look at what's happening because we have exercised all options that existed in that contract," Bosheers said.
       The request for proposals were sent out in April and issued two amendments to it based on questions from the bidders. Proposals were opened on May 29.
       Five companies responded, including Emterra, Advanced Disposal, Republic, Rizzo and Waste Management. Of them, the township excluded Emterra and Advanced Disposal since their prices were higher than the current agreement.
       Residents currently pay for mixed waste and yard waste with an option to select recycling. Bosheers said the township is asking for a menu-like approach so residents can choose what services they want.
       The board is asking each of the companies to provide pricing for extra services such as cemetery clean-up, household hazardous waste and document shredding.
       "We'd like to have some type of collection container" for batteries, she said.
       The township also asked to remove fuel surcharges. All three bidders complied.
       With all services, residents currently pay about $57 a quarter, or $226 a year.
       The three lowest bidders provide lower rates, with Rizzo at $50.51 a quarter, Republic starting at $42.14 and Waste Management starting at $46.21.
       Bosheers said Rizzo is $1,847 a year, Republic $1,820, and $1,914 for Waste Management. The current yearly price is about $1,858 when factoring in a 2.5 percent increase a year.
       Rizzo sweetens the deal with a senior discount at $1 a month less on the bill and payments for a year in advance and one month credit adjustment. Republic offers a reduced recycling rate if all residents sign up for it, and all three companies offer a recycling rewards program.
       Supervisor Dan O'Leary said it is complex to compare the companies with all of their different offerings, let alone on price.
       "It's a very difficult evaluation, we've been sitting here for the last couple of weeks banging our heads against it and asking them (the vendors) a lot of questions," he said.


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