San Juan Bautista council members Tuesday joined other local government agencies in approving exclusive talks with Recology for the next long-term waste contract.
City council members voted unanimously in favor of Recology, which had been recommended by a panel of top staff officials from the Mission City, the City of Hollister and San Benito County. San Juan council members in their meeting alluded to Hollister and San Benito County both approving similar motions while considering Recology and two other potential providers, Green Waste Recycling and RJR Recycling. Recology has been the provider since 2007.
The committee assigned to recommending the provider was City Manager Bill Avera, San Benito County County Administrative Officer Ray Espinosa and Michaela LaForge.
A report using a scoring system that was issued in March, meanwhile, 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.
The report notes how Phil Couchee with Recology has been managing the current franchise agreement in San Benito County since 2007 when it was awarded the 10-year franchise contract. It notes how GreenWaste has 30 years of experience in the solid waste industry, and manages franchise agreements with the City of San Jose and various other surrounding communities.