County seeking new waste hauling contract

Waste Pro could be out as Navarre’s solid waste hauler.

After months of complaints by residents, Santa Rosa County is looking to re-bid the contract for garbage, yard waste and recycling hauling services in the unincorporated areas of the county according to documentation released today.

Under the proposal going before county commissioners Monday, a new request for bids would be released likely in April to assign a new contractor with new conditions.

Complaints by customers have been numerous including unpicked up garbage and yard waste sometimes for weeks at a time. The company has had replacement cans on back order for months at a time, leaving customers without a place to put their waste, and there have been accusations of mixing of trash and recyclables in trucks.

In October 2019, these complaints led commissioners to request a full review of contract language for deficiencies. At issue for District 4 County Commissioner Dave Piech was the lack of any means to reprimand Waste Pro for a failure to provide services guaranteed in the contract.

The county’s only listed recourse would be to outright cancel the contract for service.

If the contract re-bid is approved by commissioners next week, new service would begin Jan. 1, 2021.

Commissioners will meet on the issue Monday, Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. in the board room at 6495 Caroline Street in Milton.

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