Republic Services declines to submit bid for Flint trash hauling contract

After 8 years with Republic Services, Flint will consider other bids for trash collection
Republic Services declined to submit a bid for a new service contract in the city of Flint.
Republic Services declined to submit a bid for a new service contract in the city of Flint.(WJRT)
Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 9:43 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Flint residents will be getting a new trash hauler this fall.

Bids were due Monday for companies wanting a contract with Flint to pick up household waste. Republic Services, the city’s longtime trash contractor, decided not to submit a bid.

The company released a statement Monday saying, “after careful consideration of our business and employee needs, Republic Services has respectfully declined to submit a bid for a new service contract in the City of Flint.” So the company no longer will collect garbage, yard waste or recycling when it’s current 90-day contract extension expires this fall.

“We’re grateful to the city for the opportunity to partner with them for more than eight years,” the Republic Services statement says. “Our commitment to the City and its residents is evident by our willingness to continue running service after our contract expired, and we are appreciative of the 90-day contract extension, which was granted at the request of city staff to assist their procurement process.”

Republic Services says it will work with the next company city officials select to collect household waste and ensure a smooth transition.

Republic currently is picking up Flint’s trash on a 90-day contract extension after the Flint City Council failed to act and let the previous contract expire with no continuation. Some city officials expressed concern about the company falling behind on routes and failing to pick up household waste on time.

Republic Service says a labor shortage left the company unable to run three separate routes for trash, yard waste and recycling this spring and summer. The company later agreed to alternate recycling and yard waste collections every week.

Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley’s office will select a new company and contract on July 28 and send it to city council members for approval.

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