Arizona town moves to franchise system

Paradise Valley town council are preparing a request for proposal that will franchise its waste hauling services.

June 16, 2017
Waste Today Staff
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Paradise Valley, Arizona, town council are preparing to put out a request for proposal (RFP) that will franchise its waste hauling services, a report by the Paradise Valley Independent says. If passed, this will be the first franchise contract for the town since the sanitation code was adopted in 2000.

According to the report, the contract will service 5,6000 homes. The town currently contracts these homes to five solid waste providers.

The proposed RFP will be achieved in two parts, the report says. The first was an ordinance passed in October 2016 that split the town into districts and limited the number of collection days within the districts. The second is to consider a single hauler RPF rather than a free market. Duncan Miller, town clerk, says these two tiers will focus on reducing cost to residents and improving service.

Town council members first reviewed the RFP in May 2017. The proposal is split into two levels of service: basic and standard. It is a five-year contract with the option for three one-year renewals. The basic service option is a normal city operation while the standard service option includes twice per week trash, one-day recycling and access to specialty waste programs. Residents are also able to purchase additional service in the RFP such as walk-up services.

According to the report, residences within a home owners association, who have their own waste hauling contracts, have three years to run out their agreements.

The RPF is expected to be issued on June 30 with a request for response by Aug. 31. The town council plans to look at responses starting Sept. 21, negotiate a license agreement in October and awarding the agreement in December.