BY JULIE FARREN
The city of Beaumont has signed a new contract with Waste Management of the Inland Empire, replacing one that had been in place for more than 20 years and will take effect July 1.
The new contract will be two separate and sequential five-year terms.
Eric Vail, special legal counsel for the city of Beaumont, told the Beaumont City Council about the new agreement at a May city council meeting.
Richard Tagore-Erwin, principal of R3 Consulting Group of Santa Monica, which specializes in waste management, also was on hand to answer questions.
The city began negotiating the new agreement in October 2018.
It is for residential and commercial waste pick-up and recycling and organics.
Vail said that Beaumont will receive a one-time franchise fee of $5 million, payable on Aug. 1.
There also will be an annual franchise fee of $2.1 million, paid quarterly.
Single-family residential services will remain fixed until July 2021.
There is new legislation that is affecting waste management pick up, Vail said.
These include AB 341 and AB 1594, which involves mandatory commercial recycling and establishing an integrated waste management program.
Vail also said that SB 1383 will see a 50 percent reduction in disposable organics.
That number increases to 75 percent by 2025.
Vail said that contracting with one provider and being exclusive is a benefit for the city and its customers.
Single-family residential has a three-can collection: one for recycling, one for turning organic waste into compost, and one for taking garbage to the disposal facility.
There is also large item collections twice a year and e-waste collection.
The contract also adds an extra neighborhood clean-up event, making that twice a year.
Vail said that rate increases will not go into effect until July 2021.
The Riverside county disposal increase will be 12 cents a month.
Senior service will increase $2.50 a month.
Vail said customers can customize service levels to offset increases.
Under the new contract, residential customers can save as much as $60 a month, depending on how many cans they have.
Commercial and multi-family collection rates can increase by $30.
Waste Management is going to provide outreach and education to customers and also provide information on the recycling rewards program.
Street sweeping services will save the city $100,000 starting in 2020.
Bette Rader, executive director of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, said she supports the new contract with Waste Management and that they have been a good sponsor of the chamber.
Waste Management has ensured that there is no litter in the alley behind the chamber office.
Councilmember Lloyd White wondered if the city was legally required to go out for a competitive bid for waste management services.
Vail said no. “You are in compliance,” Vail said.
White thanked Vail for keeping the city council informed throughout the process.
Councilmember Nancy Carroll agreed, saying that the city council has discussed the contract in closed session for quite some time.
She said that the Waste Management staff has been exemplary and that the drivers have been very courteous.
Councilmember Mike Lara also complimented Waste Management of the Inland Empire.
“People want to save money and I think we’ve accomplished that,” Lara said.
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