Four Companies Compete for Long Beach, Calif., Recycling Contract

Four Companies Compete for Long Beach, Calif., Recycling Contract

Waste Management, EDCO, Republic Services and Athens Services are currently completing for a recycling contract in Long Beach, Calif. While an outside review of the recycling process deems the four companies received a fair chance at winning the contract, Republic has filed a protest against the city’s process, claiming that Long Beach staffers misunderstood the company’s anticipated costs.

In the past, there has been speculation that the Long Beach staffers had an imperfect procurement process. In an effort to make sure the process was fair this time around, Los Angeles-based financial advisory firm PFM group authored an outside review and report of the staffers.

The report and a possible contract award will be revealed during a City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

Press-Telegram has more details:

An outside review of Long Beach staffers’ work to determine which company should be hired to pick up recyclables around the city determined that four competing firms got a fair shake at winning the deal, despite past controversy over an imperfect procurement process.

“Although irregularities in the process did occur, the issues did not unduly hinder the proposal or evaluation process,” reads a line from the report’s conclusion. “Each vendor was provided ample opportunity to clarify the RFP (request for proposals) process and any further questions regarding the individual proposal.”

The report — along with a possible contract award — is scheduled for Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The PFM Group, a financial advisory firm with offices in Los Angeles, authored the report after reviewing Public Works Department employees’ efforts to select a vendor after the council voted in March to halt the process. Staffers had recommended awarding Waste Management of Long Beach, the city’s current and longtime provider of recyclables collections services, a contract that could have been worth up to $42 million over 10 years, but some elected officials including the City Auditor and council members raised questions over the fairness of the process.

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