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(January 30, 2019) 

Four companies have submitted bids for the City of Omaha solid waste contract; bids were opened today.

The bidders are: 

FCC Environmental

Waste Connections of Nebraska

West Central Sanitation

Waste Management of Nebraska

Bid documents required interested companies to bid on a collection system that uses automated trucks and covered carts to collect garbage, recyclables and yard waste. Bidders provided costs for six options, including a 3-cart system, 2-cart system, separate yard waste collection, yard waste and solid waste collected together, weekly and bi-weekly recycling collection.

The attached chart includes the collection bids for all six options.

“The bids received are within the estimates we expected and most show our costs will nearly double to continue the service we now provide,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. “This decision will impact every taxpayer for the next ten years or more and we will ask the Council to approve a contract that provides services that meet our needs, at a price we can afford,” said Mayor Stothert.

Bidders also provided costs on carts, an annual fall and spring cleanup, the optional yard waste sticker program and additional carts if requested.


FCC: $2,987,319.60

Waste Connections of Nebraska: $3,038,242.00

West Central Sanitation: $2,877,681.00

Waste Management of NE-$6,210,633.00



FCC: $185,500.00

Waste Connections of Nebraska: $171,750.00

West Central Sanitation: $217,500.00

Waste Management of NE-$343,190.00



FCC: $40.00

Waste Connections of Nebraska: $1.50

West Central Sanitation: $2.00

Waste Management of NE-$2.00

ADDITIONAL CARTS (per cart, paid by resident weekly):

FCC: $1.75

Waste Connections of Nebraska: $1.38

West Central Sanitation: $1.56

Waste Management of NE-$1.85


The City currently pays Waste Management approximately $15 million annually. That contract has been in place since 2006 and expires December 31, 2020. 

These are the next steps in this process:

Bids will be reviewed by the Public Works General Services Division for completeness and conformance to the bid requirements.

The Human Rights and Relations Department will review the Economic and Equity Inclusion Plans (EEIP).  City departments are to include EEIP plans in service contracts that are in excess of $10 million and when the contract period lasts 24 months or more. 

SCS Engineers will review the bids. The City hired SCS Engineers to provide services related to the development and review of the bid.

Following these reviews, a committee will evaluate the bids and submit an evaluation report to Public Works Director Bob Stubbe.

The evaluation will provide the Public Works Director with information to make a recommendation to Mayor Jean Stothert for the lowest and best bid.

Mayor Stothert, in consultation with the Director Stubbe, will then make a contract recommendation to the City Council, possibly in late March.

The City Council will vote later this year to award the contract.

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