The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Florida, is paying $1.2 million to three private waste haulers for extra services for collecting 95,000 cubic yards of waste after Hurricane Matthew, a report by the Palm Beach Post says. The money will come from a reserve.
Waste volume increased around 40 percent after the Oct. 6 storm and haulers hired subcontractors and paid overtime to handle the extra volume. According to the report, the storm knocked down a large volume of vegetation, but residents also decided to do “mini spring cleanings” after the storm.
The issue grew further after Oct. 6 and 7 pickup dates were canceled.
The three private waste haulers receiving pay include Waste Pro, Longwood Florida, Phoenix-based Republic Services and Advanced Disposal, Ponte Vedra, Florida.
Waste Pro is billed for 94,396 cubic yards in its service area, which covers coastal, central and northern Palm Beach County, for $1.18 million. Republic services southern Palm Beach County and submitted an amount of 1,376 extra cubic yards of waste for $17,208. Advanced Disposal collected 9,400 cubic yards in parts north and west of Waste Pro’s service area and requested $120,000.
The authority met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which made a declaration for 15 coastal Florida counties at the end of October and will submit a formal package requesting financial aid, the report says.
According to the report, the authority had five firms on standby but didn’t use. The first declined the job and year-round haulers offered to work for the same price, the report says.