While the cost of just about everything appears to have increased during the covid-19 pandemic, the price Murrysville residents pay for trash transportation and recycling may remain the same, at least for the year. future.

Three carriers submitted bids for a combined Murrysville / Export contract, with the current carrier Republic Services being the cheapest.

“To say that we are happy and surprised by the offers is an understatement,” said Murrysville chief administrator Jim Morrison. “The Republic’s offer came at the same price we are paying this year, for the first year of the contract.”

Waste Management and Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill were the other bidders.

The Republic’s offer provides for increases of 40 to 80 cents per year in the second to fifth year of the contract.

Morrison said he chose not to push for automated waste collection.

“I think we can continue as we have done, take advantage of this award for the first year, accept the slight year-over-year increases and the quality services, which I think are provided by our current carrier, ”he said.

Morrison said staff recommended that the board enter into a new five-year contract with Republic Services. No formal action was taken at the June 2 council meeting.

Export and Delmont

Export has teamed up with Murrysville to seek a new transport contract. Board Chairman Barry Delissio said this was not discussed at their June meeting but would be on the July agenda.

“We have different criteria in our part of the supply,” said Delissio, referring to the borough’s request that any transporter use smaller trucks to avoid damaging streets and curbs.

Delmont officials entered into a transport contract with Republic in 2017, in part with the idea of ​​joining Murrysville and Export and negotiating together when it expires.

However, Delmont was not part of Murrysville / Export’s request for tenders, and the chairman of the borough’s garbage committee, city councilor Dennis Urban, suggested in April that the borough return to its situation of before 2017, where residents would choose – and negotiate with – their carrier. of choice.

When deciding whether or not to solicit transport offers in 2016, council members noted the downside of the scenario where everyone chooses themselves: Residents with the same transporter often paid a wide range of different prices.

Patrick Varine is an editor at Tribune-Review. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter .