By Kellen M. Quigley
After more than a month of deliberation concerning the future of garbage pickup and recycling in the village of Springville, the Board of Trustees have chosen to work Waste Management as the village’s refuse agency for a three-year period.
At Monday’s village board meeting, a contract with Waste Management for $206,700 for three years with bi-weekly recycling pickup was approved.
Included in the contract is a recycling alternative plan that could reduce the overall price by several thousand dollars, but, depending on the recycling market, could save the village nothing.
“It takes out about $18,000 for the cost of recycling out of that fee and then we pay based on what is turned in through a formula,” said Village Administrator Liz Melock. “The potential savings is about $4,800 off of that $206,700.”
According to Melock, Waste Management would pick up the recycling and the village would pay per ton on what is turned in. She said there are some materials where the market is good while others have no value. If there is a good market for a lot of the recycled materials, that’s how the village could save $4,800.
“There’s always been a risk with recycling,” said Mayor William Krebs. “I think if we go down the road of public outreach and public education on what items can be recycled as commodities and have some value to them, that’ll help us.”
“In the town of Boston, instead of paying $72 per ton (of recycling) they’re only $46.55 a ton, so they’re saving per ton each month,” Melock said. She said when the market was bad, Boston has paid about $65 per ton.
Trustee Alan Chamberlain expressed concern for going with the alternative recycling plan because even if the village does everything it’s supposed to do, the savings depends on variables not in their control.
“They can change the market so it’s not beneficial to be recycling cardboard, for example, or it could go the other way,” he said.
Jerrod Blake, representative from Waste Management, said the markets were at their worst several months ago when Boston was paying $65 per ton, but trends have shown a steady improvement in recycling since then.
“It’s a risk-reward, and we’re seeing more reward than risk for the communities we’re servicing,” he said. Blake said Waste Management does this recycling model with six municipalities in Erie County. He said all six have saved money so far.
Trustee Nils Wikman said he understands Waste Management and the companies that take the recycling are trying to make money, but he was concerned about being in a three-year contract in case things don’t go as well as the village hoped.
“We want to be a recycling community,” he said. “But if we lock in for three years of this without any recourse, that’s a long ways to wait.”
The board members ultimately agreed to go with the alternative recycling plan.
Melcok said the bids were open Friday, Feb. 1 and Waste Management was the lowest bidder.
“The bids were extremely close,” she said. Waste Management’s bid without recycling was $212,400 compared to the Modern Corporation’s bid of $215,469.86. With recycling, Waste Management bid $206,700 and Modern bid $208,969.86.
Melock said the cost is up from the last contract, but that was expected.
IN OTHER BUSINESS, the village board approved Local Law No. 1 for 2019, which lengthens the “no stopping” section on the south side of West Main Street from 50 feet to 75 feet west of the intersection at Waverly Street.
The board also approved Local Law No. 2 for 2019, which authorizes the property tax levy in excess of the limit established in the general municipal law when adopting a budget for the fiscal year beginning June 1.