No matter who gets the contract, council members unanimously favor the city buying its own wheeled carts for the service.
Republic has submitted a base bid for a five-year contract of $3.5 million. Waste Management offered the same service for $3.7 million. Those amounts are if the city buys the polycarts.
If the city were to assume responsibility for the operation on a five-year basis, it would probably cost about $3.6 million, Komiske said. That amount does not include the cost of buying three new compressed natural gas sanitation trucks and about 30,000 polycarts, he said.
No matter who gets the contract, cardboard will be added as a recyclable item, Komiske said. The current service excludes cardboard but accepts paper, plastics, glass and aluminum.