City overhauls refuse contract

Recycling perks coming in July

By: Sara Kandel | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 15, 2013

 Under the new contract with Rizzo, Roseville residents are offered a free 64-gallon recycling bin like the one shown here with resident and assistant purchaser
Paul Van Damme.

Under the new contract with Rizzo, Roseville residents are offered a free 64-gallon recycling bin like the one shown here with resident and assistant purchaser Paul Van Damme.

Photo by Sara Kandel


ROSEVILLE — Between the bidding process and the research that followed, it took a few months to decide, but at an April 30 special meeting, the Roseville City Council unanimously approved a contract with a new refuse hauler.

Estimated at about $9 million for five years, the contract for waste pick-up and recycling services went to Rizzo.

“The way the contract was originally worded, and the way it went out, we were looking for a five-year deal for trash. We didn’t want a whole lot of bells and whistles. We wanted the cheapest possible contract,” said Bob Cady, city controller. “We were trying to get the most bang for the buck. That’s everything we do here. We were trying to save money and get better service.”

The contract with Rizzo is about $300,000 less than the city was paying before, and it carries the likely potential to bring in about $35,000 in additional savings throughout the five-year life of the contract. Rizzo offers discounts to cities with higher volumes of recycling.

Currently, about 28 percent of Roseville residents are recycling. If that amount stays the same, the city will be able to reel in those additional savings. Should that number grow, the city stands to save even more. Cady estimated that if 50 percent of residents take up regular recycling, the city could save up to $100,000 over the life of the contract.

To get residents motivated, Rizzo is offering free 64-gallon wheeled recycling carts to any resident who requests one when they take over the contract in July.

“The 64-gallon bins will encourage residents to recycle,” said City Clerk Rich Steenland, a Roseville resident. “I can’t wait for them. I think it’s a great idea.”

Paul Van Damme, a Roseville resident and the city’s assistant purchaser, agrees the bins will be great for the city.

“Heck yeah, they will be great for the city,” Van Damme said. “It will take care of a lot of problems and keeping the streets cleaner. With the bins we have now, on windy days, stuff gets loose, newspapers and other lightweight items get blown all over the street.”

Cady added that, although Roseville doesn’t have much of a rat problem, the bins offered through Rizzo come with attached lids, preventing loose trash, which attracts rodents. 

Rizzo also offers coupons to residents who recycle. Representatives at Rizzo were unable to be reached at press time for additional details on the coupon offerings.

“Council really wanted the 64-gallon carts for everybody for recycling and the 92-gallon carts for everybody for their regular trash and to move towards an automated system that could save the city a lot of money in the long run,” Cady said. “The idea is to keep it uniform and clean.”

Rizzo couldn’t do it under the current contract, but in addition to the free recycling carts, the company is offering to sell the 92-gallon garbage carts at cost to residents. Cady wasn’t sure of the price but said he believed it would be around $50-$55 per garbage cart. If enough residents opt for the new carts, the city will move one step closer to achieving the savings of an automated system.

“The biggest cost in garbage is having two or three guys on the truck,” Cady said. “If we have uniform bins, we can go to an automated system.

“We put the bid out for five years for one reason and one reason only: The thought is, after five years, we think we might be able to go to the automated service and save the city even more money, and with the contract we have with Rizzo, we can extend the contract if we need to.”