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Omaha, Neb., Requests Bids for Next Waste Hauling Contract

The current contract expires in 2020.

The city of Omaha, Neb., is currently requesting bids for its next waste hauling contract, which would likely take effect after the city’s current contract expires in 2020. Leaked details from the discussions include an end to unlimited yard waste, a 96-gallon can for recycling instead of the current 18-gallon bin and new trucks operating on alternative fuels.

It’s unclear whether the city will offer separate yard waste collection or whether it will be mixed with normal trash. Recycling will likely increase with the advent of larger recycling bins, since a 2016 pilot program with the 96-gallon cans produced just such a result. has more information:

In Omaha, the 96-gallon carts have been contentious: That’s why officials are proposing an option for people to downsize. The smaller size would probably be 45 gallons or 48 gallons. People could also opt out of a cart altogether.

But that wouldn’t happen in Omaha until people try out the 96-gallon carts for three months. Residents would get three carts to start. They would be provided at no separate cost to residents.

Councilman Vinny Palermo said he’s heard concerns from people in his South Omaha district who question how they’ll get the big carts up and down their steep properties.

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