Murrysville, Export, Delmont trash contracts all set to expire this year
Murrysville officials are developing bidding materials for the city’s next garbage and recycling contract, trying to keep costs down while maintaining a similar level of service.
“We will meet with Export (officials) and Republic (services) this week to discuss any issues they have encountered during the contract period,” said Jim Morrison, Murrysville’s chief administrator.
According to local council members, these problems are common in exports.
Council members have been dissatisfied with the services of the republic for some time. They discussed unresolved issues at council meetings and raised complaints from residents about missed pickups and poor service.
Delmont officials have also expressed an interest in joining the treaty, though they also have a relatively steady stream of republic-related complaints.
In Murrysville, the latest deal includes automated recycling, but not automated garbage collection. This is one way of controlling costs.
“As an alternative, we are also investigating a reverse auction,” he said.
A reverse auction allows a customer to set a price, according to Waste Advantage Magazine, and the incoming bids cause the price to go down rather than up. According to the US General Services Administration, which manages and supports the functioning of federal agencies, reverse auctions can help customers save between 14 and 45 percent on service contracts.
“At this point we believe the best way is to bid competitively. If the cost is significantly higher, we could try the reverse auction as a backup,” said Morrison, anticipating an increase in costs based on recent deals at nearby Hempfield and Penn Township’s cost to users rose in the $ 5 to $ 10 range.
Recycling is also a sticking point.
“We can recycle a certain range of plastics, but I think that’s a real issue that needs to be addressed,” said Morrison. “Last year we were in fierce competition with our freight forwarder because the recycling market has essentially bottomed out.”
A little less than a year ago, the republic reached out to Delmont officials to make a “fair adjustment” of about $ 8 a year to boroughs’ transportation bills, citing the ripple effect that recent Chinese recycling regulations are having on the global transportation industry had.
In Murrysville, city officials responded to the fair adjustment with a public relations campaign to ensure the right things were thrown in the bins.
“The residents responded wonderfully and cleaned up the contaminants in the waste stream,” said Morrison. “No adjustment was necessary because the recyclable materials did not have to go to the landfill.”
Republic eliminated glass recycling in the communities it served, citing the downturn in the market as well as cross-contamination from glass items breaking during the sorting process.
“That’s why we started collecting pop-up glass recycling here in the community,” said Morrison. “So a decision needs to be made: if the price is higher, will residents be willing to pay for a range of recyclables, or should we reduce them to the number (3) required by state law to cover those costs to lower? ”
Morrison said anyone with any queries or issues related to transportation is asked to call the community at 724-327-2100.
Patrick Varine is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected], or on Twitter.
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