Updated: March 15, 2013 6:56PM
Orland Park trustees on Monday will consider entering into negotiations on a 10-year contract with the village’s current waste hauler, Waste Management, that could increase the frequency of collections for recyclables.
Village officials are also proposing to shift to the company the job of fall leaf pickup. Waste Management currently handles leaf collection in certain areas of the village.
Waste Management’s current contract with the village expires at the end of October. The company has been the village’s trash collector for 25 years.
Trustees last fall agreed to seek new proposals for trash collection, with one option being weekly pickup of recyclables. Currently, Waste Management picks up recyclables every other week.
Proposals from Waste Management and Allied Waste/Republic Services were evaluated by village staff, with the recommendation that the village negotiate a 10-year agreement with Waste Management, according to village documents. Both companies offered the option of weekly pickups of recyclables in their proposals.
One option likely to be discussed in those negotiations is a proposal to supply residents with two 96-gallon wheeled carts, with one designated for trash and the other for recyclables.
The new carts would enable residential waste and recyclables to be collected via an automated system on the trucks.
Currently, according to Waste Management, the company uses a semi-automated system for recyclables and yard waste, with drivers rolling them to the front of the truck and raising and emptying them with a hydraulic tipper. With a fully automated system, trucks are equipped with an articulated arm that grabs and lifts the cart, with the driver not having to leave the truck.
In its recommendation, staff noted that although the Allied/Republic proposal is cheaper than what Waste Management would charge, Waste Management scored higher in a side-by-side evaluation of the two offers.
The new contract would also require the waste hauler to provide street sweeping services for the village, which Waste Management already does. Staff noted that Allied/Republic would have to subcontract for that work, and could not provide bulk leaf collection.
Waste Management is proposing three collections of leaves each fall, with residents raking leaves into the parkway in front of their home. Currently, the village’s public works department is responsible for leaf pickup.
In recommending staying with Waste Management, staff pointed out the company’s “long history of good service” in Orland, as well as its support for the village in other areas. The company, for example, supplies, at its own cost, portable toilets and trash receptacles for the annual Orland Days festival.
Waste Management is also proposing to give the village $25,000 each year for the duration of the new contract, with the money being used at the village’s discretion.
If trustees at Monday’s village board meeting agree with the staff’s recommendation, the village and Waste Management would have to come to terms on a new contract by late April. If that deadline isn’t met, the village would discuss a long-term contract with Allied/Republic.