The City Council on Monday directed City staff and consultant Sloan Vazquez to negotiate a proposed final agreement with Waste Management of Orange County for the City’s Integrated Solid Waste Management Services contract. This is the next step in the process of selecting a firm, which includes staff returning with the agreement’s proposed price and terms for Council consideration on July 6.
The waste hauler was one of four – including Athens Services, CR&R, Inc. and Ware Disposal – that submitted proposals in February. The City’s current agreement with Waste Management of Orange County expires after a decade on Dec. 31, 2010. The City is required to solicit a new agreement for trash and recycling services under voter-approved Measure L, which in 2000 amended sections of the City’s Municipal Code, allowing for up to a 10-year term for residential and commercial integrated waste management franchises.
The City’s Request For Proposals (RFP) required the companies to demonstrate their expertise in safely providing solid waste, recyclable material and organic material collection services. The companies were also required to demonstrate how they intend to achieve high diversion rates through existing and/or new innovative programs, including public education.
After an in-depth evaluation process that included public input, Sloan Vazquez ranked the proposals from high to low based on the scoring system in the RFP. The firms were ranked as follows: 1) Waste Management of Orange County; 2) CR&R, Inc. 3) Athens Services; and 4) Ware Disposal.
A final franchise agreement will be negotiated based on the standard collection agreement included in the RFP; however, it could also reflect final negotiated terms and conditions of service. Collection services under the new agreement, which the City Council will consider July 6, will begin on January 1, 2011.