Hagerstown residents could pay as much as 30 percent more for trash collection starting in January unless City of Hagerstown officials are able to renegotiate with one of two qualified bidders that sought to collect the city's trash in a new contract starting Jan. 1.
"At the end of the day, we only received two legitimate bids," City Engineer Rodney Tissue told the City Council on Tuesday. "Their bids are high. We're looking at a significant increase in the rates as a result of their bids. We feel that we can sit down with them and do better."
The city's current contract with Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) of Maryland, now Allied Waste Services, expires at the end of the year. Tissue said in a recent bidding effort, seven companies bought the city's contract documents but only three - including Allied, Ecology and a third, which was dismissed because it failed to meet the city's bidding requirements - submitted bids.