OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of Commissioners (BoCC) approved a new contract for county solid waste operations, maintenance, transport and disposal services with Regional Disposal Company - doing business as Republic Services. It is a 10-year contract set to begin May 1, 2023.
BoCC approval comes after a multi-year competitive selection process designed to fully address garbage and recycling needs for Thurston County residents now and in the future. When compared to current agreements, the new contract is expected to save the county over $1 million dollars annually.
"This contract with Republic Services represents a significant investment for our community. I would like to thank the Solid Waste Advisory Committee for their participation, and Public Works staff for ensuring transparency in the selection process," said Commission-chair, Carolina Mejia.
The 10-year contract covers operation and maintenance of the county's three solid waste facilities, including the Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) in Lacey and drop-box locations in Rainier and Rochester.
It also covers the transport via rail and disposal of garbage at the state-of-the-art Roosevelt Regional Landfill - located in eastern Washington - which converts enough methane gas to electricity to power more than 20,000 homes each year. Additionally, the contract provides for the processing of recycling, and the handling of compostable organics collected at county solid waste facilities.
"Our new contract increases service levels for our customers and reduces operational costs. In addition, the contract aligns with the county's sustainability goals and environmental values," said Public Works Director Jennifer Walker.
The contract provides for additional disposal transport capacity at county facilities, increases staffing levels for contracted operations, and improves facilities' safety, security, and grounds maintenance. Additionally, Republic Services will provide new equipment with improved fuel and emission standards. For additional details, see the Thurston County Solid Waste Services Contract FAQ