Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 04/25/2011 05:16:27 PM PDT

CHINO – Officials are evaluating whether to stay with the city’s longtime trash hauler or open up the contract to bid.

The city’s Solid Waste Committee, comprised of Councilmen Glenn Duncan and Tom Haughey, have 90 days from now to produce a recommendation to the City Council, which may involve continuing with the Corona-based Waste Management of the Inland Empire or opening up the service to bids from other trash collection companies.

Chino’s monthly single-family waste hauler rates are at $22.47. The city has contracted with Waste Management for the past 12 years, with the city renewing the contract annually for the past couple of years, officials said.

Due to the significant capital outlay for waste haulers to get into and stay in business, contract periods typically run for a decade, which is the case with Chino, said Chino Public Works Director Jose Alire. Alire said that if the city were to decide to go out to bid and contract with another company, a five-year evergreen clause would require the city to stay with Waste Management for another five years from the time of the decision.

“At this point, I’m very much in favor of going out to bid and getting the best cost to the city, but we want to see more options and we’ll take a look at them,” Haughey said. “Until then I want to see some numbers, but with a 98 percent approval rating, Waste Management has a a pretty good record in the city.”

Currently the city of Chino Hills, which contracts with a company called Chino Hills Disposal, has lower rates than Chino. Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, which contract with Burrtec, have rates that are just pennies lower than Chino.

In a presentation on waste hauler options this week, Alire said another viable disposal option, in addition to Waste Management’s El Sobrante Landfill in Corona, with a $39.09 per ton tipping fee, is the Mid-Valley Landfill in Rialto, used by Burrtec.

The monthly trash pickup rate for a single-family home in Chino Hills is currently $17.38, with Chino Hills Disposal hauling to the Olinda Alpha landfill in Brea. Chino officials said they expect those rates to go up with the expected closure of the Brea landfill in 2013 and because Orange County will no longer be accepting out-of-County waste as of 2015.

Chino Hills Mayor Ed Graham said that when Olinda does close, the only extra cost would be transportation to another facility, but it would “still be below what other people are paying.”

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