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Posted on: September 4, 2019

Trash Negotiations

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The city of Apache Junction is negotiating a contract with a single company to handle solid waste, recycling and disposal services for single family homes and small residential complexes in the city.

On Aug. 6, the Apache Junction City Council reviewed the bids and the staff recommendation to enter into contract negotiations with Republic Services, which was determined to be the lowest and most responsible proposal received.  The City Council then directed staff to begin negotiations with Republic Services for residential trash disposal and recycling pickup service for single-family, duplex, triplex and four-plex residential units within the city limits. RV parks, home owners associations with current contracts for trash services and businesses are not part of the current process.

Contract negotiations are expected to take several weeks. The city council will then consider approval of the contract as well as an update to the city’s solid waste ordinance. Residents will receive information from Republic Services regarding the transition prior to the new service being in spring 2020. Updated information during the process can be found at the city website at www.ajcity.net/trash.

In the spring of 2018, the city of Apache Junction received a recommendation from Arizona State University School of Sustainability graduate students studying best practices for residential solid waste and recycling refuse management.  This, in addition to residents’ desire to clean up the city, prompted the city council to direct staff in May 2018 to further research and develop a Request for Proposals (RFP) for city council to review.

The competitive RFP process was opened from June 10 to July 11. Three bids were received, all from the largest waste companies in the nation: Republic Services, Waste Management and Waste Connections (the company that recently purchased Right Away Disposal). The bids were then scored under a standard set of criteria by a city panel.

The city decided to start this transition after research confirmed that doing so would decrease the cost of solid waste services for residents, enhance and promote public health and safety, extend the life of roads by having fewer waste trucks on residential streets and simplify scheduling of other street maintenance, including street sweeping.

The vast majority of Arizona cities and towns use a single hauler system (either the city operates or oversees a private contractor) because it aids in keeping costs low for residents through an enforceable contract with the provider.

For more information or additional questions interested parties may call the city manager’s office at (480) 474-5066. Citizens are always welcome to voice their opinion in person before the city council at regular meetings held on the first and second Tuesdays of every month. Council meetings are held in the city council chambers at 300 E. Superstition Blvd. and can also be viewed live through the city government channel at www.ajcity.net/livestream.

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