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.

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