Staff Research into a Contracted System Model
City Council directed staff at the Feb. 4 study session
to gather Lakewood-specific details on waste hauling options. To accomplish this, we have asked haulers to submit information through a process called a Request for Proposal
. This process creates a way for haulers to provide reliable and detailed information about potential pricing, customer service, options for curbside recycling, composting, large item collection and other services.
Information from this RFP process will help City Council explore what the outcomes would be if Lakewood conducted a competitive procurement process in which haulers operated in specific districts throughout the city. Known as a “contracted system” for trash collection, this idea was one of the options that City Council identified for further research because it demonstrated significant potential to address residents’ concerns identified on page 69 of the comprehensive report
. Under this system, one or multiple haulers could have a contract for trash collection for defined districts within the city. The RFP will help answer whether this system could reduce pricing, expand service options, improve efficiency and support competition in the marketplace through competitive bidding.
The RFP process will not involve the city taking any action, and it is only one of the options City Council will discuss at the upcoming study session. City Council will evaluate all the information provided by staff at the study session to determine how to proceed at that time. Please visit the “printable documents”
section to read the full RFP
or view key components
. You can also view the RFP on the bid submission site
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