September 20, 2014

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Bidding starts for Avon Lake, county township trash contract

The Lorain County Consortium is seeking a five-year contract for trash collection and recycling services for 19,850 households in 11 townships, as well as the city of Avon Lake, and villages of Rochester and Sheffield.

A timetable calls for the successful bidder to be named Sept. 12, and service to begin Jan. 1.

A 75-page bid proposal has been sent to trash collection and recycling firms, according to Susan M. Lux, purchasing coordinator for the Lorain County commissioners.

Companies that have received invitations to bid include Republic Waste, Cincinnati-based Rumpke, ReCommunity of Charlotte, N.C., and Toter, a trash container manufacturer based in Statesville, N.C.

The bid package was prepared by GT Environmental Services, a Westerville firm acting as a consultant for the consortium, which will hold a pre-bid meeting Aug. 14 at the Lorain County Administration Building.

Interested bidders will meet with Keith Bailey, director of the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District, according to Lux.

“We’ll meet with any vendor who may have questions about the requirements of the bids or ask for clarifications about issues,” said Mike Greenberg, an environmental planner, principal consultant and co-founder of GT Environmental.

The bid document includes details outlining expected services and costs, as well as numbers of households in every township.

“It is very specific as to what is required of bidders,” Greenberg said.

Companies wishing to submit bids for the five-year contract will be required to give figures for three levels of service based on a per-household or residential unit charge.

The consortium is asking that all levels of service include a 64-gallon recyclables container. Bid prices will vary based on the size of trash container used — ranging from 32- to 96-gallon capacity.

Lux said that the successful bidder is not guaranteed of providing services to every community within the consortium.

“It will be up to each community to make up their own minds about whether they wish to participate at the price that’s negotiated,” Lux said.

Final bids must be submitted by Sept. 6, with the successful bidder to be announced six days later.

Each township, village or city that wishes to participate under the terms of the contract package must submit a plan spelling out how the contract is to be implemented in a given community by Nov. 1.

A longer contract charging uniform rates across the board is being sought as a means of ending wide discrepancies that now see Avon Lake households pay $54 per quarter to the $78 per quarter fee paid by Amherst Township residents.

Most townships pay for trash pickup on a monthly basis, and much of the county is served by Republic Waste.

The consortium’s members are the townships of Amherst, Brighton, Brownhelm, Eaton, Elyria, Grafton, Huntington, Penfield, Pittsfield, Rochester and Sheffield, as well as Avon Lake and the villages of Rochester and Sheffield.

Avon Lake has the most households with 6,800, followed by Amherst Township with 2,500, and Eaton Township with 2,150. The smallest member of the consortium is Rochester with 71 households, according to data in the bidding documents.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146
or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.