City takes next step toward waste collection improvements

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- The City of Omaha has launched the next phase in the push for a long-term solid waste contract. A Request for Bids has been advertised.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said, “This is a critically important decision. We need a modern, safe, efficient and environmentally friendly collections system that we can afford.”

At a news conference Wednesday morning the mayor said the city will select the best system possible within our current budget. She said, “I will not support a tax increase to pay for this contract.”

Companies will be required to bid on a collection system that uses automated trucks and covered carts to collect garbage, recyclables and yard waste. Bidders are required to provide costs on three options”

  1. Three carts: one each for garbage, yard waste and recyclables. Garbage and yard waste would be collected separately weekly. Recyclables would be collected every other week.
  2. Three carts: co-mingled garbage and yard waste collected weekly in two carts, recyclables collected every week in on cart.
  3. Two carts: one cart for garbage co-mingled with yard waste collected weekly and a second cart for recyclables collected every other week.

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