Landfill contract vote postponed until April 

The battle of two trash companies over a lucrative landfill contract came to a head Wednesday during the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee hearing.

Recology was picked as the winning bidder for a landfill contract by the Department of Environment, which established a 10-year, $112 million proposed contract to dump San Francisco’s trash into its landfill 130 miles away in Yuba County, with trash getting there along a yet to be completed rail line. Waste Management Inc., which currently holds a landfill agreement, has objected to the process and wants the city to rebid it.

After a lengthy hearing with about a 100 in attendance the committee decided to postpone a vote to address some of the issues raised. Those include looking at an idea of a trash transfer station located on Port property with the trash being hauled away by barge and further examining the implications of hauling the trash to Yuba County by rail.

The vote was postponed by the committee, which said it would likely call for a vote on the contract again in April. Although an earlier vote is possible.

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