City prepares to seek bids for trash contract

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COMMERCE CITY — The impending expiration of the city’s municipal trash and recyclables collection agreement has officials preparing to solicit bids for future services.

As heard during the April 14 City Council meeting, the previous agreement expired Dec. 31 and was extended one year to maintain service. A formal Request for Proposals on a new contract is slated to be issued May 15.

The base service of the trash contract would cover unlimited weekly trash service, biweekly curbside recycling, two 18-gallon recycling containers per unit, as well as free large-item pickup and trash and recycling services for all city facilities.

Alternate plans being considered include eliminating free large-item pickup from the contract and instead providing a citywide clean-up event, as well as the option of providing a 96-gallon refuse or recycling container per housing unit.

Once an RFP is issued, council is slated to review proposals in June and award a contract in July, with the new service to take effect Jan. 1, 2015.