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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.