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Saturday, May 06, 2017 1:00 am

City garbage fees to rise $2 a month in '18

SHERRY SLATER | The Journal Gazette

Local residents will pay $2 a month more next year for garbage and recycling pickup, the first increase in 11 years.

The city of Fort Wayne solicited bids for three contracts to begin in January: garbage pickup, recycling pickup and recycle processing.

Indiana law requires an open bidding process and awards of contracts to the lowest bidders, spokesman Frank Suarez said.

The city's current contracts end Dec. 31.

Although the seven-year contracts will come before Fort Wayne City Council later this month for approval, Suarez doesn't expect any hiccups in the process that will result in single-family homes paying $12 a month and homes with two to four apartments paying $24 a month.

The current single-family home rate is $9.95 a month.

“It's going to cost us more, but it's still a good deal,” Suarez said, adding that services and collection bins will remain unchanged.

Services include unlimited garbage collection, no charge for bulk item pickup, every other week recycling collection and leaf collection.

Texas-based Red River Waste Solutions submitted the lowest of five bids for weekly residential garbage pickup at $4.9 million. Borden Waste-Away Services submitted the highest bid at $6.7 million.

The current garbage contractor, Arizona-based Republic Services, bid $6.5 million, the second highest. 

Red River also submitted the lowest of five bids for biweekly residential recycling pickup at $2 million. FCC Environmental Services submitted the highest bid at $2.9 million

The current recycling contractor, Republic, bid $2.6 million.

Republic will continue processing the city's residential recycling after submitting the lowest bid at $885,000. Borden Waste submitted the only other bid of $1.22 million.

City officials will have the option to extend each of the contracts for three years at the same price, Suarez said.

The three existing contracts didn't include that option.

City officials earlier this year extended a fourth contract. Landfill disposal will continue to be provided by Republic for the next three years.