Friday, January 29, 2016
City officials explain Joplin solid waste contract
During the February 1, 2016 meeting of the Joplin City Council, Council members will consider a five-year contract with Waste Corporation of Missouri, Inc. for a monthly rate of $11.79 for residents in one and two-family dwellings. The proposed contract, if approved, would go into effect April 1, 2016.
This is $1.06 less than the current rate being paid by residents, which is $12.85.
Residents will receive a new 95 gallon polycart. In addition to the trash service, WCA provides weekly curbside bulky item pick-up on their same days of trash service without having to schedule the pick-up as has been required in the past.
Residents would also have a choice to opt in to receive curbside recycling pick-up for $15.79 per month, which is only $2.94 more than the current price for trash. This option would be decided on an individual basis. A separate recycling polycart will be provided with this service.
The City published a Request for Proposal (RFP) in October of 2015. The purpose of requesting proposals for trash service is to ask proponents to provide proposals in response to the specifications required by the City. The RFP spelled out the scope of work and quality of service to be provided by the successful proponent. The City received three proposals on December 15th. A Selection Committee of four staff members and one member of the Solid Waste Commission reviewed the proposals. After review and evaluation of the proposals, Waste Corporation of Missouri, Inc. was identified as the best and lowest cost proponent.
Other items to note:
“Residential” service is defined as One & Two family dwellings, not multi-family. Any multi-family dwelling units and all commercial/industrial customers will be able to contract with any licensed waste hauler of their choosing.
Residents will have a choice to select between the Trash Only option or to select the Trash plus Curbside Recycling option.
Once a contract is in place, City will be working with the Vendor to implement a program of communicating with all potential customers in order to document their selected option.
The City’s contract with the transfer station (where people take their larger items, near Galena) is not related to this contract for residential trash service. It will be bid at a later date.
The Joplin Recycling Center will continue to operate as usual for residents who want to use the facility. The Center accepts items that won't be accepted by the hauler on curbside recycling such as glass containers and household chemicals. The Center will also continue to serve residents and businesses that are not part of the WCA contract.