By Citizen Outreach
Citizen Outreach delivered Monday a citizens’ petition to the Las Vegas Mayor and City Council urging council members to issue an RFP (request for proposals) on the proposed contract extension for Republic Services.
The “Give Me Choice” petition is signed by over 850 individuals who want to see the franchise agreement for residential and commercialtrash collection in the city — which could be worth almost $1 BILLION over the life of the contract — opened to competitive bidding.
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Waste Management, the nation’s largest waste hauler, has indicated it would be interested in competing for this contract if the city council will allow it to submit a bid.
“Residents and consumers are seeing greater choices and better services for cheaper prices in markets ranging from transportation to communications to lodging and even electricity,” Muth continued.
“There is no reason why trash collection should continue to be exempt from this demand for greater competition.”
The Nevada Legislature is presently considering a bill to open the waste hauling market, especially in recyclables, to more of Nevada’s small businesses and innovative start-ups.
“Competition is good,” Muth concluded. “Competitive bidding is good government. I hope the city council shows leadership in this matter and does the right thing by issuing an RFP instead of simply rubber-stamping yet another no bid contract extension for this monopoly franchise.”
The council is expected to consider the matter at its regular meeting on Wednesday.
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Citizen Outreach is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots lobbying organization which promotes limited-government public policies and legislation