The awarding of Long Beach’s recycling contract will be put on hold again as a third-party review of the request for proposal process is executed by an independent firm, with oversight provided by the city attorney’s office.
The vote came after over an hour of discussion between members of the council, who were divided on whether an audit was necessary, or if the initial process was enough to award the contract to Waste Management—actions the council had been scheduled to take this month. Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price and Ninth District Councilman Rex Richardson proposed the amendment that included the review (estimated to take 30-60 days) that will be presented to the council in mid-June before the current contract with Waste Management expires June 30. At that point, the council will have the opportunity to award the contract to the company that’s found to be the best suitor for the city, or restart the RFP process all over again.
“I think if they’re willing to be a 10-year partner with the city, an additional 30 to 60 days is not too much to ask in terms of an investment,” Price said of the additional time the council has requested for a review. “I think everyone we’re working with is patient enough to understand that process.”