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La Joya to terminate waste services with Waste Connections of Texas

Later this year, the city of La Joya may have a new company to handle its waste management services.

City commissioners voted last week to give a 90-day notice of termination to Waste Connections of Texas for waste management services in the city, ending their relationship with them.

lajoyalogonewAccording to City Administrator Mike Alaniz, Waste Connections of Texas has handled La Joya’s waste services since 2012.

“We’ve had their services for five years and we’ve had a great relationship with them but there’s been other waste companies who have requested opportunities to service the city,” Alaniz said. “We’re allowing these companies to come in so we can see what they can offer to the city.”

Waste Connections entered in a five-year agreement with the city that was made effective December 1, 2012 and was renewed for another year afterward.

As part of the notice of termination, La Joya has sent out a letter and an email to Waste Connections notifying them their services won’t be renewed. The city will begin advertising notices requesting bids for a new waste service company next week to be picked by this coming fall.

“But should they want to, they can resubmit a bid to continue working with us,” Alaniz said of Waste Connections.

Under the contract, Waste Connections has a franchise agreement with the city that leaves it the only company in charge of waste pickup through the city. Alaniz said the city plans to have a similar agreement with the new company which would also service the community of La Havanna- the recently annexed property located right outside Sullivan City Limits.

The contract also stipulates the city must pay Waste Connections $7.49 per every 95-gallon trash cart used by residents per month plus $3.46 for brush collection services.

Waste Connections has locations throughout the state and service the cities of Mercedes, Falfurrias and Progresso in the Rio Grande Valley.

Roberto Canales, Waste Connection’s district manager, said his company would be interested in rebidding.

“We’ve worked with them for five years and we want to continue having that relationship,” Canales said. “The city is doing what is best for them, they just want to see how much money they can save and if rebidding is the best option for them instead of renewing with us then it’s totally understandable.”

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