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Detroit seeks to privatize solid waste collection


To view a copy of the RFP, download the pdf here.


As a cost cutting measure, the city of Detroit released a request for proposals (RFP) for the privatization of its waste and recycling needs.

Detroit’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is seeking proposals from qualified firms that are able to provide for the outsourcing of residential collection of solid waste, recyclables and disposal with optional snow removal services within the city.

The RFP calls for the city to be divided into four geographical regions, meaning multiple haulers may win contracts. About 250,000 households are included in the proposal.

The city is considering a five year contract with five one-year renewal options. The city is also requesting that the prospective businesses agree to consider hiring displaced city of Detroit workers, if qualified.

All single stream recyclables will be sent to a current transfer site or waste-to-energy facility, as determined by the City of Detroit.

The due date for the proposals is September 10.