Jun 292021
 
As covered by Right on Daily, Western Placer Waste Management Authorty had been attempting to do a no-bid renewal with the ghastly overpriced NORTEC the current vendor.
20 years ago was the last time the WPWMA went out to bid. At that time, they hired NORTEC waste to manage the Athens Ave Dump.
Amazingly, given the outdated technology and pricing that was far beyond usual and customary, some board members and staff talked about the “great work” Nortech has been doing and seemed to allude to promises of big things to come if they are granted a no-bid multi-decade extension. As we highlighted, Bill Halldin and John Allard both rightly pointed out that the proper place for these types of proposals is through a public bidding process.
Because your intrepid blogger brought this to light, taxpayers and residents knew what was being attempted under cover of darkness.
Because of Allard, Halldin and your Intrepid Blogger, last September, the board did the right thing and issued an RFP, splitting the landfill and materials recovery facility (MRF) into separate bids.
So – here is the summary of where we are at:
    •    The landfill bids have not been announced yet
    •    The MRF bids were reported out in April.
    •    4 companies bid
    •    The current operator – who had been lauded for “great work” – Nortech came in dead last out of the four bidders. From what we’ve heard they didn’t even come close. In fact, they couldn’t even meet the state’s diversion requirements per SB1383!!!
Please refer to the Board agenda: see item 9b on page 59: https://www.wpwma.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/April-8-2021-Agenda.pdf
Taxpayers win when government services are put out to bid, generally getting innovation, better services, and competitive pricing.
We are looking forward to seeing what the landfill bids offer for taxpayers.
The board did their job and the taxpayers won. Taxpayers 1, NORTECH 0.
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