Waste Management has served Spokane Valley, Wash., since 2014 and that relationship will continue after the municipality’s city council voted to extend the contract with the hauler. The new deal is worth approximately $13 million.
The city evaluated proposals from Waste Management as well as Sunshine and Waste Connections. But ultimately it opted to stick with its current hauler.
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“These are three very qualified haulers and three very qualified proposals,” said Erik Lamb, Deputy City Attorney. He added that city staff did not know how the consultant had scored the companies while staff was conducting interviews.
It was the options to the contract that stimulated the most discussion among council members.
There was an option for two-household cleanup calls to help residents remove larger items like appliances and furniture; a once-a-year yard cleanup service that would pick up 192 gallons of yard waste for free, and the use of universal carts.
Lamb said there are 3,497 customers who use their own cans or carts and save about $2 a month.