The City Council on Sept. 7 approved bid documents to launch a highly-competitive procurement for a long-term solid waste and recycling hauler.
Del Mar's existing, 10-year agreement with Waste Management expires in June 2022. The $13 million franchise is one of Del Mar's highest-valued contracts.
For the upcoming 10-year period, a recommendation and contract proposal is expected to come before the City Council during the first quarter of 2022.
A key aspect of the solicitation is to identify a contractor with the capacity and qualifications to meet new State mandates requiring that all cities and counties divert organics and food waste from landfills.
In addition to value and quality of service, a key aspect of the solicitation will be to identify a contractor with the capacity and qualifications to meet new State requirements for recycling and the diversion of food waste.
All California jurisdictions face new requirements to recycle organics and food waste. Most of the costs will be borne by ratepayers. Some of our neighboring cities are beginning to implement food waste collection programs.
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