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Quincy to save $10 million on new deal with waste contractor

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 23, 2012 04:54 PM

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Quincy has entered a 10-year trash agreement that will potentially save the city over $10 million over the life of the agreement, city officials announced Tuesday.

The new contract, reached with disposal operator Covanta SEMASS, will mean that the city’s annual cost of trash disposal will drop from $2.88 million in the current fiscal year to $2.04 million starting next July.

The city also negotiated lower rates for annual increases.

“This agreement provides tremendous cost savings to our taxpayers, and speaks directly to our efforts to find more efficient, cost-effective ways to provide basic City services,” said Mayor Thomas Koch in a release. “Our team at the Department of Public Works led by Commissioner [Daniel] Raymondi worked incredibly hard on these negotiations and we are thrilled to have such a willing partner at the table with us in Covanta SEMASS.”

The new contract will also provide $200,000 in outreach payments over the court of 10-years, and enables the city to partake in a five-year extension if so desired.

On average, the city produces 35,000 tons of garbage annually, a number that city officials say is ever decreasing.

While the city has a separate agreement with Braintree and Weymouth to pick up the trash, this agreement will impact the contractor that takes the city’s trash from the transfer station in Braintree and to the Covanta SEMASS waste-to-energy plant in Rochester.

Operating since 1988, the facility processes one million tons of solid waste annually, and recovers on average nearly 50,000 tons of recyclable metals each year.

City officials are touting not only the cost savings, but the environmental benefits as well, as the disposal process eliminates the methane emissions from landfills and offsets greenhouse gases from fossil fuel production.

“Covanta is excited to have the opportunity to continue its partnership with Quincy and to be able to provide the sound environmental solution for Quincy’s solid waste,” said Covanta SEMASS Business Manager Thomas Cipolla “I would like to thank Commissioner Raymondi and his team for their efforts in facilitating the agreement over the past several months.”

Stephen Diaz, Covanta Energy vice president and regional business manager, agreed that the deal was substantial.

“Covanta is thrilled to continue our relationships with the City of Quincy and the tri-town alliance of Quincy, Braintree and Weymouth,” he said. “We look forward to providing world-class service to these municipalities at the state-of-the-art Braintree Transfer Station and our Energy-from-Waste facility in Rochester in the many years ahead.

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