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May 25, 2024

Agenda: Top officials recommend Recology for waste contract

The Hollister City Council will meet Monday to consider approving Recology San Benito County for the future franchise agreement set to start in November.
The city, along with San Benito County and San Juan Bautista, have been considering applicants for the new waste contract, with Recology’s current contract set to expire June 30.
The committee assigned to recommending the provider was City Manager Bill Avera, San Benito County County Administrative Officer Ray Espinosa and Michaela LaForge.
A city council report notes that Recology proposed the lowest residential rates, had existing knowledge of the area, and would be equipped to handle a transition toward new services. The panel also noted how Recology has a strong track record for customer service and positive support of local organizations. Waste companies, meanwhile, are required to meet new diversion mandates set forth by the state.
The three government entities have been considering proposals from Recology, GreenWaste Recycling and RJR Recycling.
Franchise fees paid to the city will increase from about $216,000 to $333,000.
The latest development comes after a scoring system had ranked GreenWaste as the highest of three applicants before a March county board meeting.
The Franchise Agreement Joint Regional Agency is made up of officials from San Benito County, Hollister and San Juan Bautista. They include Supervisors Anthony Botelho and Jerry Muenzer, Hollister Councilmembers Karson Klauer and Ray Friend, and San Juan Councilman Tony Boch.
The panel, which previously met March 8, made a presentation on findings from a review of three proposals in March. Those proposals from GreenWaste Recovery, Recology and RJR Resource Recovery were submitted in response to the “Franchise Request for Proposals” for collection services for recyclables, organics and solid waste released Aug. 29. Officials are considering a short-term extension to the current deal with Recology, while the new franchise agreement is expected to start in November.
The report’s scoring system ranked the three companies on such criteria as Responsiveness to the RFP, Qualifications and Experience, Proposal for Collection Services, Cost, Suggested Changes to Franchise Agreement, and Environmental Enhancements. GreenWaste scored the highest, with Recology second and RJR third, according to the report.
Hollister council members will also consider the following at their 6:30 p.m. meeting at Hollister City Hall, 375 Fifth St.

  • Resolution to approve a lease with Waste Solutions of San Benito for landfill site soil stockpiling,
  • Authorize staff to execute certain documents to apply with the governor’s office of emergency services to obtain state funding
  • Authorize continuation of waste services with Recology to Oct. 31, 2018
  • Approve list of projects funded by SB1, the “Road Repair and Accountability Act
  • Approve contract with Granicus for legislative management software for $17,136
  • Introduce ordinance relating to unlawful camping
  • Approve MOU between the City of Hollister and San Benito County Chamber of Commerce for tourism marketing for $103,000
  • Receive report on the draft park facility master plan document and consider a release of a request for qualifications for design services for the Waste Water Reclamational Facility Master Plan
  • Approve new franchise agreement with Recology San Benito County. The new franchise agreement is expected to take effect Nov. 1.

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