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.