City Opens Bids For New Trash Contract

By Jeff Neumeyer

July 28, 2010 Updated Jul 28, 2010 at 6:26 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The City of Fort Wayne's current garbage handling provider seems to be in good position to keep the job when the next contract is awarded in August.

The Fort Wayne Board of Public Works opened bids on Wednesday for the new contract.

It’s too early to know if city garbage customers will be getting a good deal, but Public Works Director Bob Kennedy is convinced that city residents will be winners when the dust clears.

This is the first time various components, such as regular trash pickup and collection of recyclables, were bid separately, so making cost comparisons to the current contract don't really work.

Five firms submitted bids for one or more of the components.

National Serv-All, which currently collects and disposes of trash for the community, was the low bidder in each category, for 3, 7 and 10-year time frames.

City officials will crunch the numbers, leading up to a Thursday afternoon public meeting to discuss the proposals.

The city wanted prices for single stream recycling, where glass, plastic, aluminum and paper products are thrown into the same bin.

They were not far off prices for dual stream collection.

Liz Brown/(R) Ft. Wayne Council At Large: " If we do the single stream, and it’s too expensive, then we would go back, but I think it's great if the bids come in pretty close. I mean, I haven't been able to look at them, but if we can go to that and more people participate, then our volume is up and then we get a cut from what we recycle under revenue sharing, so that actually helps us in the long run."

About a dozen different firms inquired about making bids for the contract.

Only five bid, but in talking with some city officials, they felt the amount of competition drove down prices.

In 2009, the city collected more than 98,000 tons of garbage and 9,000 tons of recyclable products from Fort Wayne neighborhoods.

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