The following information was submitted by Julie Rose, the Business Manager of Salem's Engineering Department:
The cities of Salem and Beverly announced Wednesday that they are collaborating on their solid waste and recycling collection and transportation contracts.
The cities released the bid packages on Monday and now vendors will bid on Solid Waste and Recycling collection and transportation for both cities, along with operation of the compost facility for Beverly.
Bidders will be required to submit three sets of bid price pages: stand-alone pricing for each city and pricing for each city if vendor is awarded both contracts.
Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll noted “this collaboration is the most recent in a number of initiatives where the city of Salem is partnering with North Shore communities to increase efficiencies and save taxpayer funds, while still providing excellent service.”
While Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon indicated “Beverly is partnering in yet another regionalization effort, hoping that it will lead to lower costs while providing high quality service to the citizens of both Beverly and Salem.”
The cities will host a joint bidders conference on De. 18 at 10 a.m. in Salem, and currently project the bid opening in late January.
The city of Salem’s Trash and Recycling hauling and transportation contract is currently with Northside Carting; the city of Beverly uses JRM Hauling for their services.
There are some items in the bid specific to the individual cities.
Salem Patch will be posting additional information as it becomes available.