The City of Columbus, Ohio, received only one bid for its five-year yard waste and recycling collection contract, and that bid came from the city’s current hauler Rumpke Waste & Recycling. With the new bid, Rumpke is proposing a nearly 50 percent increase in collection rates, which would bring the total to approximately $44.3 million if the city sticks with biweekly collection or more than $83 million if the city makes the switch to weekly collection.
The city is slated to make a decision about the proposed bid after the 2017 budget passes in early February.
The Columbus Dispatch has more:
The cost of curbside recycling and yard-waste pickup in Columbus could skyrocket in the next five years after the city received only one bid for its contract.
Rumpke, the city’s current collection vendor, was the only company to bid on the five-year contract to empty the blue recycling bins and collect paper bags filled with lawn clippings and leaves.
The city hired Rumpke from a pool of three bidders in 2012 to kick off its citywide curbside recycling initiative, a cornerstone project for then-Mayor Michael B. Coleman. The contract was for $30.1 million to collect yard waste and recycling every other week.