Republic wins 5-year recycling contract with City of Wayland
Wayland city residents will be going to single-stream recycling using 96-gallon receptacles for curbside starting in November.
The City Council Monday night agreed to a five-year curbside recycling services contract with Republic Waste Management Services of Jenison for $35,791.20, the low bidder. The cost will go up by 2.5 percent in each of the following four years.
Bob’s Disposal of Grand Rapids came in at a close second with its bid of $36,586.56, but its annual increase for each of the following four years was 3%, which Councilman Ron Kobish said over five years would be $6,000 more expensive than Republic.
Representatives from both companies were on hand at the council meeting to make their case.
In response to some skepticism about the huge, 96-gallon receptacles, Tom Mahoney of Republic said, “We would encourage everyone to at least try the carts. Once people have them, it’s easy to recycle.”
Citizen Tracy Bivins, who is running for a council seat in November, said she is an avid recycler and would like to continue to use the smaller bins because they take up less space in her garage.
She was told by Mahoney and Phil Vanderheide of Bob’s they would work with customers who insist on the smaller bins, but they insisted most customers they’ve had thus far are more than satisfied with single-stream recycling every other week in the huge receptacles.
Both acknowledged it’s less costly for their companies to use them, but they’re also more convenient for the residents.
Customers will be able to recycle glass, plastic and cardboard, but no polystyrene.
City Manager Mike Selden acknowledged both companies’ bids were more than $31,378.60 now being paid for the services citywide, but maintained this would be a better and more efficient service. He added that the city probably will have to dip into its $21,000 surplus in its recycling fund to pay for it. Residents pay $25 per year per household.
Councilwoman Jennifer Antel said she personally had problems with Republic, to the point the company threatened to collect several months of payments after she switched to Bob’s for hauling away waste.
“From my personal experience, I wasn’t happy,” she said. “I switched to Bob’s after 15 years.”
Vanderheide said, “We’ve (Bob’s) being doing this since 1970. I think Leighton and Dorr townships have been happy with what we’ve been doing, and we’re only a few minutes up the road.”
Indeed, Leighton and Dorr township residents have single-stream curbside recycling services from Bob’s that includes the 96-gallon behemoths.
Antel first moved to approve a five-year contract with Bob’s, but only she and Councilman Bruce Patrick voted in the affirmative.
Kobish, who once again pointed out the economic factor that “with that $6,000 over five years, it’s in our best interests (to go with Republic). I haven’t had a problem with them.
The vote to contract with Republic was 6-1, with Patrick crossing over to join the majority.
Republic representatives, after the vote, pledged to regain the confidence of Antel.