Q & A Garbage Proposal

10/7/2021 | Posted in: News

UPDATE: City Council unanimously approved a motion to direct staff to prepare a contract with LRS for all cart garbage and recycling program in preparation for a new garbage/refuse/yard waste contract effective April 1, 2022.
Q. Why did the City solicit proposals (RFP) for a new garbage company?
A. The City’s current contract with Waste Management expires on March 31, 2022. The City solicited proposals for a new 5-year contract and received three proposals (LRS, Waste Management, Groot).
Q. What services did the city request in the RFP?
A. The request for proposal prepared by the city included pricing for the same program the city uses now (sticker/cart hybrid), and an alternative for an all cart program with unlimited garbage/yard waste/recycling with one bulk item weekly.
Q. What were the proposals to maintain the current hybrid services?
A. All three proposals for the current hybrid program included a sticker price significantly higher than the current sticker price. Current refuse/yard waste sticker price is $3.91. The 3 proposed sticker prices are:
  1. LRS – $6.26 per sticker
  2. Groot – fixed base fee of $13 per month (seniors monthly fixed base fee is $5) plus $4 per sticker
  3. Waste Management – base fixed fee of $5.25per month plus $6.50 per sticker
 Q. What were the proposals for the all cart program?
A. All three companies provided proposals for the alternative all-cart program. LRS submitted the best price, which includes a 65 or 95 cart for $20.95 per month for unlimited garbage/recycling/yard waste pickup. The senior citizen (65 and older) price is $10 per month for a smaller (limited refuse) 35-gallon cart and unlimited recycling and yard waste removal. These prices also include one free bulk item per week and a food-composting program. Additionally, residents under 65 are able to use the 35-gallon refuse cart but will pay the $20.95 per month.
Q. Why does the city prefer the all cart program?
A. Due to the increase in sticker prices in all three proposals, the all cart program is more cost effective than using one sticker per week. The senior citizens program is also more cost effective for those seniors who even put out garbage every other week. The unlimited free yard waste is also a money saver for many residents. Additionally, the all cart program includes an increase in services such as unlimited yard waste and one free bulk item per week. The recycling carts are also a huge benefit on those windy days when recycling from open bins blows around neighborhoods.
Q. Can a resident use a different garbage company than the one contracted with the City?
A. No, the contract will be an exclusive single-family resident contract for the company that the city approves. This has been the same for all previous garbage company contracts. 
Q. What impact does the city anticipate concerning recycling efforts with an all cart program?
A. Household recycling participation is routine now for most residents and the city is confident that Darien residents will continue strong recycling efforts under the cart program because it is the right thing to do. The City also anticipates increased recycling participation due to the use of recycling carts. The USEPA recognizes recycling benefits as:
  1. Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
  2. Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals
  3. Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
  4. Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
  5. Saves energy
  6. Supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources
  7. Helps create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States
Additionally, the recycling program will improve by allowing residents to compost organic materials with their yard waste.
Q. What are the next steps?
A. The final step is for the city and LRS to develop the proposal into a formal contract for approval by the city council. The city anticipates a contract will be presented to the city council at its November 1, 2021 city council meeting.
Q. How will residents stay informed on this issue?
A. The City will continue to update residents on Direct Connect and Facebook. Additionally, the city and LRS will work together on an information and education program with direct mailing, door hangers, etc.
Questions, please contact City Administrator Bryon Vana at 630-353-8114 or bvana@darienil.gov.
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