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Las Vegas City Council Extends Contract with Republic

The new agreement approved Wednesday runs a decade beyond that expiration date, through June 30, 2031.

In spite of pressure from some local groups and with legislation under consideration that would affect how solid waste agreements are negotiated in Nevada, the Las Vegas City Council approved a long-term exclusive franchise agreement extension with Republic Services. The deal will run until 2031.

A group of competing waste companies as well as two state senators had urged the council to delay the vote.

Instead, the council moved ahead and approved the deal 5-2.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has the details:

The current agreement between the city and Republic is due to expire in February 2021. The new agreement approved Wednesday runs a decade beyond that expiration date, through June 30, 2031.

 Republic has said it needs a long-term commitment to justify the cost of the move to single-stream recycling.

Tarkanian said she could not vote for the new agreement without the city soliciting bids.

“This is a clear choice for me, I don’t expect to win this,” she said. “It’s not just competition, it’s monopoly.”

Republic employees turned out en force to Wednesday’s City Council meeting, wearing blue hats and T-shirts that read “Don’t Trash Us.”

Dozens of speakers addressed the council, voicing support for Republic and good experiences with single-stream recycling. Others, including owners of smaller waste and recycling firms, urged the council to solicit competitive bids.

Read the full story here.

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