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Braintree, Weymouth go different ways with trash contracts

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 1, 2013 04:17 PM

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Despite plans to work together, Braintree and Weymouth have abandoned their trash collection partnership and will go in new directions starting July 1.

According to town officials, Braintree has decided to contract with Purchase America Inc., known locally as Sunrise Scavenger. Weymouth will move forward with EZ Disposal Service, Inc.

“It’s something we tried to make work, and Sunrise couldn’t bring their number down low enough to retain Weymouth,” said Peter Morin, Braintree’s chief of staff and operations.

The towns have been looking for a new contractor to handle trash and recycling collection since March, when Quincy backed out of a tri-town agreement in favor of a cheaper contract with Sunrise Scavenger.

Though both Braintree and Weymouth officials said they were committed to keeping trash collection a regional effort, those plans have since dissolved.

“When you look at the bids that were provided to Quincy and Braintree by one vendor, and the bid provided Weymouth by another vendor, one vendor couldn’t provide all three communities the same advantages that individual vendors did,” Morin said.

Weymouth officials were not available for comment.

Although Quincy and Braintree will both operate under the same contractor, Morin said there weren’t efforts to combine forces.

“I think we’re going to be careful that Quincy pays for transportation and disposal of its trash and Braintree pays for its own and there is no co-mingling,” Morin said. “These contracts developed at different time tracks. Regionalization couldn’t be maintained.”

Braintree will still see savings under the new contract.

According to a release, Braintree will save $150,000 during the first year of the contract. Over the five-year term, Braintree is projected to save $750,000.

Those savings are more to keep rates stable, and savings won’t immediately be passed on to the consumer, Morin said.

“The reduction in cost allows us to keep [the trash fee] where it is,” Morin said. “We’ll be looking in the coming years to see if we can reduce the fee. We’ve reduced it by $10 in 2010 or 2011…and we’re going to see if we can continue to reduce it in the coming year.”

Recycling efforts will also be increased under the new contractor, with a larger recycling receptacle and single stream recycling, Morin said.

Though Quincy had some transitional problems with the same trash contractor, Morin said things should be more seamless in Braintree.

Unlike Quincy, Braintree won’t have to work out dumpster issues with condos since the town doesn’t provide trash service to condos.

Though there are likely to be other kinks, town officials say they are prepared.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that this transition for residential trash and recycling be seamless” said Mayor Joseph Sullivan in the release. “We have emphasized with Sunrise Scavenger that customer service will be the true measure of their success.”

For more information, visit the town’s website.

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