Los Angeles passed a law in April that divides the city into 11 zones, with haulers bidding on exclusive contracts to collect waste from businesses and large apartment buildings in each area. The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation began soliciting proposals from haulers for collection, processing, transfer and disposal in June. It expects the program to fully launch by January 2017.
LA Sanitation received proposals from: AAA Rubbish Inc.; Athens Services; CalMet Services, Inc.; Consolidated Disposal Service LLC, doing business as Republic Services Inc.; CR&R; NASA Services Inc.; Pacific Coast Waste; Recology Inc.; SVT Services, Inc.; United Pacific Waste; Universal Waste Systems Inc.; USA Waste of California, Inc., doing business as Waste Management Inc.; Ware Disposal Inc.; Waste Connections of California; and Waste Resources Inc.
“Receiving proposals was the next big step in what will become the most robust and comprehensive waste diversion system in the nation,” said Enrique Zaldivar, executive director of LA Sanitation.
Now the sanitation department will begin evaluating and ranking the proposals. LA Sanitation will present recommendations to the Board of Public Works Commission, the mayor and the city council.
LA Sanitation said the goal with the request for proposals (RFP) is to ensure that the franchise system contributes to the city’s environmental and sustainability efforts; identify processes to increase the city’s recycling and landfill diversion rates with the goal of achieving zero waste by 2025; identify contractors to provide the highest levels of customer service and satisfaction; and provide recycling services, including organics, to multifamily and commercial operations.
The RFPs are for initial 10-year contracts with city to be the exclusive provider of solid waste, commingled recyclables, and organics collection and handling services for commercial and multifamily customers. It could be for one or more of the 11 franchise zones.
Three of the franchise zones were designated as “small” to provide opportunities for smaller collection companies, the sanitation department said.
The city has said that 70 percent of the city’s waste sent to landfills comes from commercial and large apartment buildings (five or more units). The recycling rate for those properties is 19 percent compared with 75 percent for residential properties. The $250 million market comprises about 63,000 properties.