Sackville awards five-year garbage contract to Miller Waste
Town sees 10 per cent reduction in annual costs
Miller Waste will return to the streets of Sackville to pick up residents’ trash for another five years.
The Amherst-based company was awarded the town’s garbage collection and disposal contract during council’s monthly meeting last Tuesday night. Miller’s bid, one of only two bids received, comes with a yearly pricetag of about $246,000, less than last year’s costs of just over $272,000.
“The new contract would be reduced from our current price by $23,619,” said town engineer Dwayne Acton.
He said the lower costs come mainly from a reduction in the charges for residential pickup. Sackville’s residential garbage collection is based on a per-unit price – the annual cost of residential pickup under the Miller Waste contract, which will service about 2,300 units, will be $87.29 per unit. The contract also includes two special collections, one in the spring and one in the fall, which comes with a cost of $14.29 per unit, as well as Christ- mas tree pickups, which come with a cost of $1.18 per unit.
The contract also includes the cost – a lump sum of $8,365.28 per year – to pick up garbage at the town’s public works and civic centre buildings, which is trash that has been collected each week from all municipal buildings and garbage receptacles.
Acton said the town has the option to renew the contract for an extra two years at the end of the five-year term.
The only other bid received was from Fero Waste and Recycling Inc. and it was rejected due to errors in the tender submission, said Acton.
Coun. Bill Evans said he was in favour of awarding the contract, as he was particularly pleased with the lower costs, he did so begrudgingly. He said he still continues to harbour concerns over not including apartment buildings into the contract, as he would like to see all residents who pay taxes, either directly or indirectly, receive garbage pickup.
“People who have been paying the property taxes on these apartment buildings have been paying and not getting the service.”
Acton explained during council’s discussion meeting earlier this month that apartment building collection would cost the town an extra $50,000 to $60,000 and that it would be challenging to integrate apartments, or even commercial buildings, into the three-stream waste system. He said there are no other municipalities in the province that are collecting multi-unit apartment buildings, although there are currently pilot studies under way so the time may come when some of those challenges could be ironed out.