The Raven Recycling Society has asked Whitehorse city council to renew $188,000-worth of annual contracts to manage the Whitehorse landfill without going to public tender.
The organization says that the option to renew the contracts is included in the initial five-year contract signed in 2000.
Raven is offering to do the same work for the same price for the next five years, and the organization says the city will benefit from hiring a company with a proven track record. By securing three of the five contracts to run the landfill, Raven Recycling says it can offer efficiency gained through economies of scale. For instance, the staff already onsite to operate the gate house and weight scales can help with the recycling and composting contracts when possible.
The contracts signed in 2000 expire on June 31. Of the five contracts, Raven was awarded the contract to staff and manage the landfill gate at a cost of $128,000 in
the first year. However, the price dropped last year to $110,000 with a decrease in gate hours. Raven also manages the recycling bins at the drop centre across from the gate
house for an annual fee of $28,000, and received the composting fee, at an annual rate of $50,000.
The other two contracts are managed by separate companies. General Waste Management is responsible for garbage cell-management and compacting ($225,000 annually) and 20883 Yukon Ltd. Hauls garbage from the drop centre to the appropriate landfill for $50,000.
City administration is recommending that city council go to public tender for the work. Staff believe all contractors have done a good job but there have been a number of changes in the system since the contracts were awarded five years ago.