Town of Flint Moves Forward with Priority Waste Despite Protests from GFL Environmental
FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – (9/23/2021) – The town of Flint faces another hurdle to secure waste collection services.
The city council held a special meeting today to discuss a waste management company filing a formal protest that the city is not treating its offer fairly.
It comes just two weeks after the board awarded a three-year contract to Priority Waste, but that contract doesn’t begin until early next month.
During the meeting, Flint City Council voted to reject GFL’s protest. This now means that garbage collection will continue and priority waste will take over on October 1.
This all comes after city council wanted to know why GFL Environmental felt it was being treated unfairly. GFL Environmental said it was the lowest bidder for garbage collection in Flint, but the city administration and council agreed to give it to Priority Waste. After that, GFL Environmental filed an official protest with the city.
“All we have been asking from the start is that our proposal be judged in a fair and equitable manner, and we are making this protest because we do not believe this has happened,” said Joseph Munem, business manager. government agencies of GFL.
Munem says their deal was cheaper than Priority Waste’s, and the city falsely said it was unable to start serving the community on the contract start date of October 1.
The city is called into a special assembly to vote on a motion after that; one is moving forward with the original priority waste contract, but some board members say not so fast.
“It’s the lack of transparency. I will not support this resolution without hearing and giving a fair opportunity, ”City Councilor Monica Galloway said at the meeting.
If the council had not taken action, it is possible that neither of the two companies will pick up the trash on October 1, and the city administrator has said that should not be an option.
“Go ahead and empower us on the basis that the important businesses here are the well-being, health and safety of residents and waste collection must move forward without delay,” said Clyde Edwards.
ABC12 called GFL Environmental after the board’s decision. They are still trying to figure out the next step after the council votes to just go ahead with Priority Waste.
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