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Columbus, Ohio, Approves $45M Recycling Contract with Rumpke

The current contract was set to expire at the end of the month.

The Columbus City Council approved a five-year, $45 million contract with Rumpke to haul recycling and organic waste. The contract represents a 50 percent increase over the expiring contract.

The current contract was set to expire at the end of the month. The council passed the new contract 6-0.

Rumpke has offered services in the city since 2012. It was the only bidder on the new deal.

The Columbus Dispatch has more:

The bid raises the price to collect recycling and yard waste from about $30.1 million between 2012 and 2017 to about $44.3 million over the next five years.

The entire contract is worth about $45 million because it also includes other collections, such as emptying sidewalk recycling bins in the Short North. Rumpke has said its own costs have increased and the market for recyclables isn't strong.

City officials have said receiving only one bid put them in a bind. With no alternative, they could either accept Rumpke's proposal or cancel curbside recycling and yardwaste pickup altogether.

Robin Davis, spokeswoman for Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, said the mayor was "not happy" that the city received only one bid for the contract.

Read the full story here.

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