City Commission approves contract extension with waste hauler WCA

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.

The Gainesville City Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a five-year contract extension with its residential trash hauler, contingent on the company converting its fleet to compressed natural gas and opening a public fueling station.

The current contract with WCA will not expire until Sept. 30, 2016, but it included a provision for an extension outside a competitive bidding process.

WCA’s fleet currently runs on diesel. Converting to compressed natural gas would mean a cleaner fuel with less greenhouse gas emissions and less cost to the county.

Currently, the city pays an approximately $262 annual fuel surcharge - about 83 cents a month per residential customer - on the diesel.

Converting to natural gas will also create additional revenue for Gainesville Regional Utilities.

The city and county award their residential waste contracts together and the Alachua County Commission has already voted to have staff finalize an extension with WCA.

The city’s contract will come back for a final vote. The contract has an annual value of $7 million.

- Christopher Curry

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