MIDWEST CITY -- City officials have announced that the Municipal Authority (MA) recently sent out a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the purpose of contracting with a third party company to be responsible for residential curbside recycling throughout the city limits of Midwest City.
Two proposals were received in early December, one from Waste Management and the other from Allied Waste.
Currently, the MA is considering the proposals and may vote to award a contract to one of the companies at the Feb. 12 authority meeting.
According to the bid specifications, the MA requested that the bid responses include a description of operations related to the collection of all types of plastics, paper, glass, aluminum and steel or tin cans.
These products will be collected in a system, referred to as single-stream, which is the placement all products in one container. Residents will not have to separate their recyclable products.
In addition, recycling containers, preferably with permanent attached lids, must be purchased, delivered and maintained by the contractor and included in the pricing structure of the bid.
Officials also asked the responders to include information regarding a “rewards program” to help create increased participation from citizens.
Certification will be required by the contractor stating that all collected materials are recycled and not land filled. Provisions must be made, by the contractor, notifying residents that any of their recyclables are rejected.
Currently, the MA provides weekly sanitation service for 19,865 residential accounts. The MA also operates an unmanned drop-off recycling center located on Jim White Drive.
William Janacek, Environmental Services Director, stated that Midwest City has been discussing the issue of curbside recycling for a number of years.
“City officials have been looking into curbside recycling as a way for our city to take a big step in becoming greener. Curbside recycling will definitely allow our citizens to actively participate in this process,” Janacek said.
Officials are considering collection intervals of every two weeks. Based on the two bids that were received, the estimated cost to residents will run between $2.75 and $4.00 per month.
If this measure is passed by the MA, it would then go to the City Council for a vote. If passed by the City Council, the program would begin on or around July 1, 2013.
Public education will be provided for residents prior to the start of the recycling program.
(The city is interested in your opinion regarding curbside recycling. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this service, please call 739.1066 or visit www.midwestcityok.org and click on the Curbside Recycling toolbar, located on the home page of the site.)