SF on verge of booting Recology for a new garbage contractor

SF on verge of booting Recology for a new garbage contractor

San Francisco residents may be seeing different garbage trucks collecting waste around the city later this year.

Allied Waste Industries Inc. — also known as Republic Services — was notified of the city’s intent to award it a $10 million contract to collect waste from city-owned buildings, replacing Recology, Aaron Peskin, president of the Board of Supervisors, confirmed Thursday night.

Recology — which has been the exclusive waste collector in San Francisco since 1932’s voter-approved refuse ordinance — has until Jan. 19 to protest the awarding of the contract, according to a spokesperson for the city administrator.

If a protest is not filed, Allied Waste will be subject to an environmental quality review before entering formal contract negotiations with the city, according to city officials. Once a contract is in place, the Board of Supervisors would review and vote on the contract.

The process, Peskin said, is one that may take months to complete.

“Its not going to happen today or tomorrow but it would be the first time in almost 100 years that a non-recology franchise would be rolling down our city streets,” he said.

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