City-parish government is considering finding a new recycling contractor in an effort to expand service.
The Recycling Foundation Inc. has had the public contract for curbside recycling in the city since the late 1980s, but that long-running relationship could end when the current contract expires next year.
The City-Parish Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to give formal notice that the contract will not be renewed under its existing terms — a legal requirement to keep the contract from being automatically extended for 10 years.
City-Parish Public Works Director Kevin Blanchard, whose department oversees recycling services, said the plan is to put out a request for proposals on expanded service, including the possibility of curbside recycling in rural areas and recycling at apartment complexes.
“It’s time to modernize,” he said.
Apartments now receive recycling service only if the owner of the building negotiates a separate contract for recycling with a private company.
Rural residents have no curbside recycling and have seen recycling drop-off centers reduced from more than seven locations to one in recent years.
Blanchard said the request before the council does not prevent the Recycling Foundation from submitting a new proposal but opens up the process to other companies.
The negotiations are expected to be swift, because the existing 10-year contract for recycling expires in February.
“We would like to have it (a new contract) negotiated and signed by the end of the year,” Blanchard said.
The Recycling Foundation, which was bought by national waste hauler Progressive Waste Solutions in 2011, also provides curbside recycling services in East Baton Rouge Parish, Youngsville, Zachary, Hammond and Ponchatoula.