Ten firms vie for Detroit waste contract

Ten firms vie for Detroit trash and recycling contract

By Bobby Elliott, Resource Recycling

A group of 10 waste management companies, including some of the industry's largest firms, are in the running to take over, and possibly reinvent, Detroit's trash and recycling collection.

Waste Management, Republic Services and Advanced Disposal are among the companies being considered by city officials in Detroit. Details of the offers have not been made available, but a decision is likely to be made in October when officials make their recommendation to the city's initiative emergency manager, Kevyn Orr.

Soon after filing for bankruptcy in June, Detroit announced it was looking to privatize waste and recycling collection to save the city an estimated $15 million annually. The city had been spending more than $50 million on collection each year, a cost considered too steep given the city's troubled financial footing.

Despite heated opposition from union members, Orr pushed through with plans to privatize collection.

Orr has stated that the winning bid will not necessarily be the lowest, with the selection process focusing on which company can provide the city's population with the best services.

The city of Flint began outsourcing its trash collection services in April to Detroit bidder Republic Services. Flint will pay Republic Services $15.4 million for its services, while saving an estimated $1 million per year.

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