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Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Considers Privatizing Waste and Recycling Collection

The city will evaluate if and how privatizing waste and recycling collection could save the city money in the long run.

Last week, the city of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., put out a request for proposals (RFPs) for private trash haulers that are interested in providing waste and recycling collection services to local residents. Haulers that are interested have until December 18 to submit their proposals, which will be read aloud publically in council chambers at City Hall.

The city currently employs approximately 40 waste collection employees, and its waste collection budget is about $4 million. With the RFPs, the city will evaluate if and how privatizing waste and recycling collection could save the city money in the long run.

The Citizens’ Voice has more details:

Mayor Tony George is looking into potential savings that privatizing garbage and recyclable collection could present for the city, as contract negotiations with the union representing city refuse collection employees continue.

The city on Friday advertised in The Citizens’ Voice for proposals from private trash haulers, who will have until 10 a.m. Dec. 18 to submit them. The proposals will be opened and read aloud publicly at 10:30 a.m. that same day in council chambers at City Hall.

City Administrator Ted Wampole said a study of the city’s waste collection was one of the recommendations made by PFM, the financial consultant that put together the city’s early-intervention plan.

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