Prairie Village moves forward with putting waste collection contract out for bid

Service issues with Deffenbaugh have prompted Prairie Village to put the city's waste contract out to bid.
Service issues with Deffenbaugh have prompted Prairie Village to put the city’s waste contract out to bid.

The Prairie Village City Council this week instructed staff to move forward with putting out a detailed request for bids on its trash and recycling collection contract.

The bid request will contain a number of provisions aimed at addressing some of the service issues the city has experienced in recent months with Waste Management, the company that bought Deffenbaugh Industries last year.

Among them:

  • The fine structure for missed pickups or delayed service would be increased.
  • The city’s trash hauler would be required to share truck tracking data to allow the city to verify cart collection.
  • The city would require that the hauler’s customer service center respond to calls from Prairie Village residents within five minutes.

Additionally, the new service requirements would allow Prairie Village residents to place up to 12 yard waste containers on the curb each week. Currently, the city’s contract with Deffenbaugh allows 12 yard waste bags or bins six months per year, but only eight the other six months.

The council directed staff to solicit bids for service for three- and five-year periods.