Earlier this month the Motor City of Detroit suffered a massive misfire in its V8 engine when emergency manager Kevyn Orr filed for chapter 9 bankruptcy. The decision to declare bankruptcy has left many municipal services in disarray as city employees are let go to and government property is put up for auction.
One of the many services that Detroit has decided to let go is the city’s public waste collection programs. In years’ past, the city of Detroit paid for its own fleet of garbage trucks to collect and dispose of their residents’ waste. However, maintaining garbage trucks, dumpster services and putting sanitation workers on the government payroll has been proven to be too costly for the city.
The city council has put forth several proposals to local waste haulers to take over waste collection services for the entire city. The council believes that a contracted waste removal service will be able to cover the same routes as they currently do for a lower price than if they continued on with their own programs. The current proposals stipulate a weekly trash pickup, along with a single-stream recycling program operating on a biweekly basis.
Potential haulers will be signed on to provide waste removal services for all of Detroit for the next five years. The city has also left the door open for multiple companies to bid on servicing different sections of the city. The proposals include 4 distinct regions that companies can compete for, which will hopefully result in additional savings for Detroit.
The city has also decided to sell off its current waste collection assets, including garbage trucks, dumpsters, and a variety of other equipment. The city has however decided to retain its waste-to-energy plant located inside the city. Companies competing for the city’s service contracts will be able to use it as part of its disposal process.
Via: Waste&Recycling News