saves communities money
Buying in bulk saves money, even when it comes
to trash, yard waste and recycling services. A second Solid Waste
Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) sponsored consortium of 7 communities
will bring saving amounting to more than $840,000 over 5 years
for their residents of those 7 communities.
SWACO organized the communities of Whitehall, Groveport, Valleyview,
Brice, Franklin Township, Clinton Township and Pleasant Township
together and provided the legal advice for their bid package.
Instead of bidding smaller numbers of residential customers for
each city, village or township, the consortium bid package was
able to deliver the winning bidder 13,620 households. Being able
to commit a larger number of customers brought about increased
services at a lower price for those in the consortium.
SWACO executive director Ron Mills sees the resulting prices
as simple math. “When you can bring more customers to the table,
companies are willing to sharpen their pencils on pricing. This
was the case in the first consortium that SWACO organized as
well. In this case, the bidding process resulted in large savings
overall and the addition of first time services for many residents
in the consortium.”
The winning bid of $13.52 per month represents a savings of $.49
to $6.18 (monthly) depending upon the community. (This figure
does not include pending or future governmental fees). Under
the contract, Local Waste Services will provide trash services,
curbside recycling, yard waste collection and bulk pick-up to
the residents of the seven member communities. (Some residents
will pay an extra $.26 monthly if their community chooses to
have Local Waste Services handle the billing process). In several
cases, communities of the consortium are able to offer their
residents curbside recycling, yard waste collection, and bulk
pick-up for the first time.