Potential Changes to County’s Waste Management Services

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Blue Ridge, Ga – Two waste management companies provided bids to supervise Fannin County’s trash and recycling service.

Currently, Advanced Disposal Services (ADS) handles the waste streams for the county, but the company recently received an offer from Waste Management Incorporated to buy it out. The companies are in the middle of the takeover contract process, and it’s unlikely to be finalized soon.

In the meantime, the Board of Commissioners decided to open the service up to bids.

“Even though we’re in rural north Georgia, we don’t have the options that they have in the some of the bigger towns, where there are greater tonnage and logistics are much more favorable. We wanted to go through the process and do the best that we can for the county,” said Chairman Stan Helton.

A decision about the waste management service will be made at the next board meeting.

ADS quoted a host fee of $0.20 per ton for the county with the following detailed breakdown: $57.64 per ton for commercial haulers, $57.64 for general public across the scales, $67.64 per ton for general public trash bag delivery at scales, $0.12 per pound for general public at convenience centers, and $12.50 for bulky items and appliances. Advanced Disposal Services can process a total of 866 tons per month.

CASH Environmental Resources quoted $1 per ton for the county host fee with the following breakdown: $52 per ton for commercial haulers, $52 per ton for general public across the scales with a $40 minimum, $1 per bag for general public trash bag delivery, $ 1 per bag for general public at convenience centers, $3 per bag for contractors, $0.10 per pound for debris, $15 for bulky items , $15 for appliances, $12 per pound for tires, and free recycling.

Each company offers liability insurance within the bids as well.

CASH has one transfer station, and ADS has three convenience centers in the county.

The renewal for the ADS contract comes up in August of 2019.

Board of Commissioners decided to table the matter, so everyone has time to review the bids and will make a decision at the next meeting.

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