Three companies submit bids for Fort Wayne solid waste contract

Published: Mar. 2, 2022 at 2:48 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - The City of Fort Wayne opened the electronic bidding process to select the next solid waste services contract with the City, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

Three companies submitted: Waste Management of Indiana, GFL Environmental USA, and Republic Services of Indiana. Bid results are in the PDF below. Currently, a bill that would change the process for Indiana cities awarding trash collection contracts is making its way through the Statehouse, prompted by widespread issues Fort Wayne has had with Red River.

The City said companies bid on the following items:

  • Base bid – cart limit trash collection and recycling collection
  • Alternate bid #1 – cart limit plus three bags of trash collection and recycling collection
  • Alternate bid #2 – unlimited trash collection and recycling collection*Additional trash cart collection

Officials say the bid specifications included items that were designed to help ensure improved services and that the contractor has the necessary experience and past successes to meet the City’s needs. They say the first item was to make sure the provider had experience working in wintry geographic conditions and alley and curbside pickup in a city the size of Fort Wayne, as well as the ability to share resources from adjacent contracts they may have.

They say the hiring of existing personnel is a priority as the current drivers are familiar with the routes and they do not want anyone to lose their jobs. The City says all necessary approvals are projected to be completed no later than April and anticipates that the next contractor will begin operations on July 1.

“Equipment specifications are a bit different this time as a result of the condensed turnaround time on the contract and also existing supply chain issues for truck deliveries. The City used to require all new vendors to have new trucks which was when we bid the contract nearly a year before the existing contract expired. Since we are in a time constraint, we are allowing the vendors to operate used trucks so they don’t have to purchase new ones for this contract. However, we are specifying that no truck shall be older than eight years (which would be the term of the contract), so they will have to purchase new trucks at some time during the term of the contract.

Mayor Tom Henry’s Administration will work with City Council, the Board of Public Works, and the Solid Waste Advisory Board to evaluate the base bid, alternate bids, and qualifications of each bidder. Following those reviews, a bidder will be selected to try and negotiate a definitive contract for the collection of waste and recycling per the City’s bid requirements. Once a proposed contract with the selected bidder has been negotiated, the contract will be submitted to the Board of Public Works and City Council for final review and approval.”

City of Fort Wayne release

Tune in tonight at 5 and 6 for more on the bidding process.

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