Council gave the official nod of approval last week for short-term contracts for collection, processing and disposal of trash, as well as recycling services and disposal of brush and compostable materials, to Central Waste and Recycling and Texas Disposal Systems. The two contracts, which total $534,000, will be in place for up to six months. The two companies had already been doing the job since Feb. 29 under authorization from the city manager.

On Feb. 20, Council rejected a short-term contract with the city’s previous contractor, Waste Management of Texas, primarily because that company continues to operate and expand the Austin Community Landfill in Northeast Austin. When the city asked the company if it could continue to perform its services using a different landfill, Waste Management declined.

Both TDS and Central Waste and Recycling perform essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic, but the larger company, TDS, is considerably busier. According to attorney Michael Whellan, who represents TDS, “They are swamped right now.” The two companies were pressed into service at the end of February, taking over services previously performed by Waste Management.

“Over the course of approximately four days, TDS rapidly deployed and successfully delivered over 225 individual containers to dozens of city facility locations scattered across the city,” said Whellan. TDS is one of the companies seeking new employees, according to its Twitter feed.

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Author: Jo Clifton, Austin Monitor
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