York Waste Disposal wins Westminster trash contract

March 27, 1998

Westminster Common Council has awarded the city's trash-collection contract for the next five years to York Waste Disposal Inc., the low bidder.

The cost is about 11 percent lower than the city pays now, Thomas B. Beyard, director of planning and public works, told the council before the unanimous vote.

Councilman Stephen R. Chapin Sr. recommended the contract after visiting York Waste Disposal's operations -- "tripping through the trash."

"I was impressed," he said. "I'm sort of a nuts-and-bolts kind of guy. I've got to see it."

Westminster received bids from four of the nation's largest companies. York Waste is a subsidiary of Republic Industries Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The companies were asked to submit proposals for three-year and five-year contracts to serve the city's 4,200 to 4,300 residents in single-family homes, duplexes and apartments with fewer than three units. Larger apartment buildings and townhouse developments have private collection agreements.

Chapin and Mayor Kenneth A. Yowan urged a five-year contract to lock in the price, noting a trend toward mergers nationally in the trash-hauling business.

The council also voted to reject the bid -- and a challenge to the bid process -- from BFI, the nation's second-largest hauler.


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Pub Date: 3/27/98

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