An outside firm has operated the Pitkin County Landfill since 1999, but commissioners agreed Tuesday to put a contract up for bid next month.
Pitkin County paid nearly $2.2 million in 2014 to Heartland Environmental Services, the firm that operates the landfill. Its contract expires in February 2016.
Public Works Director Brian Pettet and Cathy Hall, the county’s solid-waste manager, said putting out a request for proposals would create a level playing field for competing companies and assure a quality product and transparent process. Commissioner agreed with a 5-0 informal vote taken at the work session.