County Commissioners award new contracts for collection of garbage and recyclables

Hillsborough County Commissioners have contracted with Waste Services of Florida to provide garbage collection services for South Hillsborough. The new contract includes automated curbside pickup. The service is expected to begin Oct. 1 with new garbage bins distributed beginning in early September. Mitch Traphagen Photo

Hillsborough County Commissioners have contracted with Waste Services of Florida to provide garbage collection services for South Hillsborough. The new contract includes automated curbside pickup. The service is expected to begin Oct. 1 with new garbage bins distributed beginning in early September. Mitch Traphagen Photo

TAMPA – Hillsborough County Commissioners awarded new contracts for the collection of garbage and recyclables in the county’s service areas. This award caps a successful competitive bidding effort that will lower annual residential collection rates, introduce automation at curbside, and for the first time bring in revenues to the county from materials to be recycled.

Commissioners awarded seven-year contracts, with options for three, one-year extensions, to Republic Services of Florida, Waste Management Inc. of Florida, and Waste Services of Florida. The new contracts go into effect Oct. 1, 2013. The three companies hold the current contracts and were among six companies which submitted bids.

The contracts were awarded for five new residential collection districts:

District 1: western area of northwest Hillsborough County, including Town ‘N Country, Westchase and the Citrus Park area – Republic Services of Florida

District 2: portions of northwest and northeast Hillsborough County, including the greater Carrollwood area, Lutz, and the University of South Florida area – Waste Services of Florida

District 3: northeastern Hillsborough County, including Thonotosassa and areas of Brandon north of State Road 60 – Republic Services of Florida

District 4: central Hillsborough County, including the Palm River and Progress Village areas, Brandon south of State Road 60 – Waste Management Inc. of Florida

District 5: south Hillsborough County, including Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City Center, Wimauma and Balm – Waste Services of Florida

The contracts were awarded for Option 2: “2-1-1 Automated Service,” meaning that county residential garbage customers will continue to receive twice-weekly garbage collection, once-weekly recyclables collection, and once-weekly yard waste collection. But beginning this October, they will be bringing garbage and recyclables to the curb in wheeled carts provided by the county for emptying by specially-equipped trucks.

Commercial customers will be able to negotiate directly with any of the three haulers.

The current solid waste collection contracts have been in place for nearly 17 years. The 2-1-1 Automated Service option is projected to save the county more than $7.5 million annually, a 22 percent reduction than if the current contracts had been renewed.

In addition, Commissioners also awarded a separate contract to Waste Services of Florida for processing and marketing of the recyclable materials the three haulers collect. Currently, the county receives no money from the sale of such materials. Under the contract, Waste Services will return a portion of the value of the recyclables to the county, meaning at least $1 million in new revenue for the county annually.

According to Hillsborough County Public Utilities Director John Lyons, the new, automated service is expected to begin on October 1, with the required new trash bins being distributed to residents in early September.

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