Haulers vie for contract to dispose of town trash 3 companies submit bids

Taneytown set to decide April 13

March 23, 1998|By Donna R. Engle | Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF

Subsidiaries of the nation's two largest refuse haulers are competing with a small local company to provide trash service to Taneytown residents.

The haulers are Waste Management of Maryland -- Baltimore, a subsidiary of Waste Management Inc. of Oak Brook, Ill., the largest trash hauling company in the United States, and the local subsidiary of Browning-Ferris Industries of Houston, the nation's second-largest refuse hauler. BFI is the city's current trash collector.

The companies are competing against Hughes Trash Removal of Hampstead, a family-owned business with five principals and 20 employees, for a three- to five-year contract to serve 1,500 residential customers.

The low bidder has not been identified. City officials are evaluating the bids, documents that contain multiyear price schedules for collection of solid waste, recyclables and bulk trash under four possible contract alternatives.

The City Council is scheduled to award the contract at its meeting April 13.

Taneytown pays BFI $63.72 per customer or about $100,000 a year for weekly curbside collection of garbage and recyclables. The city also pays the county landfill tipping fee of $45 per ton. Taneytown's total solid waste budget this fiscal year is $200,000.

If BFI wins the contract again, Taneytown would not be affected by a recent county decision to raise the tipping fee by $2 a ton, effective July 1.

BFI has proposed transporting the trash to a landfill in Greencastle, Pa. The BFI bid said transporting the trash would reduce the cost, but did not specify by how much.

Hughes Trash Removal and Waste Management based their bids on using the county landfill at Reese. The county has a five-year contract with Waste Management's parent company to transport trash from the landfill to an incinerator in York County, Pa.

Dixie Hughes, secretary-treasurer of Hughes Trash Removal, said her company would continue to use the county landfill. She said the $2 per ton tipping fee increase would fall disproportionately on local trash removal companies.

"The only person they're going to hurt is the local haulers, because the big haulers don't use the county landfill. They have their own landfills," Hughes said.

Pub Date: 3/23/98

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