Faced with one bidder and a 35% increase in costs, the Leon County Commission voted to re-bid the exclusive right to provide waste collection services in unincorporated Leon County.
The monthly subscription rate is paid for by residents opting to receive curbside residential solid waste collection for the unincorporated area of Leon County.
The original invitation to bid (ITB) was advertised locally on September 30, 2019. A total of 90 vendors were notified through the automated procurement system. A total of 30 vendors requested bid packages and 5 attended the mandatory pre-bid. On November 15, 2019, a single bid was received from Waste Pro of $19.19 per month for residential collection or a 35% increase. The current rate is $14.15 per month.
Waste Management responded with a no-bid and provided specific objections. The objections are listed below.
- Unlimited yard waste collection, even though the ITB states yard waste must be placed at the curb within specification, it states there will be no limit to the number of compliant piles.
- No limit on Bulk Waste, including the collection of white goods that contain freon. We are unable to dispose of any appliances that contain refrigerants.
- Disaster Debris Collection language is a major issue since Leon County is dictating to the solid waste collection contractor that they must accept the negotiated rate that Leon County has with their Disaster Debris contractor, which is a specialized service with specialized equipment on an as needed basis.
- Unilateral three-year extension, we would only consent to a mutually agreed upon renewal.
Waste Management provided curbside collection to County residents for over 25 years, 1987-2013. The County’s current franchise agreement with Waste Pro was awarded through a competitive invitation to bid, commencing service on October 1, 2013.
The agreement with Waste Pro has been riddled with controversy and customer service issues.
As presented to the Leon County Commission at the September 24, 2019 meeting, the ITB terms and conditions were written with the intention to increase the level of service and reduce the number of complaints experienced over the past six years.
The Leon County Commission vote will restart a new bidding process.