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Midwest City to consider curbside recycling

BY KAY HUNT, City of Midwest City Modified: January 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm •  Published: January 28, 2013

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.

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