Directors to discuss landfill bids

  • Jan. 14, 2009 7:00 a.m.

The islands regional district directors will be meeting in Prince Rupert Thursday to decide whether to go ahead with a controversial plan to contract out garbage collection and landfill operations. Administrator John Holland said the directors will look at two bids prepared by islands businesses interested in taking over the waste system. The two bids, received by the regional district in late November after the 10-year contract was advertised, are from O’Brien Road and Bridge and Abfam Enterprises/Big Red Enterprises. Mr. Holland said the two bids were close. Abfam/Big Red bid a total of $55,055 per month to collect the garbage and operate the landfill, transfer stations and recycling program. O’Brien bid $54,750 per month. Mr. Holland said he would have to take a closer look at the numbers before he could tell whether there would be any savings in contracting out. The island directors will be meeting on their own Thursday, then possibly bringing forward a recommendation to the full regional district meeting to be held Friday. The possibility of contracting out will likely be discussed in a closed session, Mr. Holland said.