November 27, 2014


Lorain goes with Republic for trash deal

LORAIN — A five-year garbage contract with Republic Services Inc., saving customers about $45 per household annually in each of the first two years of the contract, was approved by City Council members Monday.

Republic has roughly 22,000 Lorain customers with most customers paying $15 per month and $13.50 per month for those 65 and older. The savings are a combined $1 million annually in each of the first two years of the contract. Rates rise in the next three years, but remain below the current rate.

Rumpke Consolidated Services Inc., in Colerain Township outside Cincinnati, was the only other bidder besides Republic, a national company that has been Lorain’s garbage collector since 1997.

Republic workers in April staged sympathy strikes in April support of striking Republic workers in Carbon Limestone Landfill in Lowellville. The Lorain County strikes occurred April 1 and the week of April 14 to 20. The strikes led Lorain city workers to collect 100 tons of trash on April 20 and April 21. Republic customers received a $3.50 credit for the interruption.

Dave Kidder, a Republic spokesman and area municipal services manager, told Council last week said the last local strike was in 1978. He said a new contract is close to being signed and it contains a no-sympathy strike provision.

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  • Ray Venn

    Now that gas prices are at their lowest, Repukelic makes an offer to “lower” our cost but leaves the gas price increase in the contract.

    If any of you think they won’t be raising prices to compensate for fuel prices, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.

    For our elected officials to allow that to be left in the contract is…typical. They really have no clue anyway, nor do they really care.

  • Bill_Bishop

    The people of Lorain lose again. How long has Republic been over charging and the City rewards them with another five year contract. There’s something wrong when a trash company WON”T empty a garbage can, and all your garbage has to be bagged. They also aren’t required to lift over 40 lbs, even the women at the airport have to lift more than that. I don’t have a choice of paying for the crappy service and have to live by rules of some union as to disposing of my garbage. I recently cleaned out my garage, and they refused to empty my garbage can unless I bagged everything. My calls to the City ended with the response….not our problem, take it up with Republic. I look at it this way….,my contract is with the City, not Republic since the City is the one taking my money.

    • JoyceEarly

      When industry and government get in bed together this is what we get. It sucks but keep voting these same people in so it continues… Grab your ankles.

      • Bill_Bishop

        I totally agree…..

  • Macdaddyoh

    Funny how a group in cincy (rumpnke)were the only other bidders…..Should’nt there be at least 3 bids? WHAT, THE KIMBLE COMPANY DID’NT WANT IN? THAT IS BID FIXING AND SHOULD BE REPORTED! With the amount of money from aluminum and plastic our garbage removal should be free.

  • GreatRedeemer

    So if the union brethren strike again what penalties are in this deal. Please tell me a few trucks borrowed from neighbor city and the Mayor slinging trash is not plan B.

  • stillsleepyeyes

    Wonder how much gardwennie made on this union deal……………..