Simcoe County waste collector wants out of contract, new RFP
Hit and miss curbside waste and recycling collections across Simcoe
County are expected to continue into the foreseeable future, including
in New Tecumseth, while the upper tier reboots the program to deal with
its contractor, Waste Connections of Canada (WCC), that can't fulfill
the terms of their contract and want out of it.
The report to council notes WCC is "significantly understaffed" for
mechanics and drivers, and while they have recruited new hires, the
turnover remains high.
"To put the driver shortage in perspective, they require, on average,
63 trucks to be routed per day and to do so they require a full driver
contingent of 78, to allow for vacations, sick and backup drivers.
Waste Connections, as of October 3, 2019, have only 62 drivers and,
when vacation and sick coverages are considered, they do not have
enough to fully man all the
WCC senior management informed the County on Oct. 3 they were not
likely to have staffing levels up for at least six months or more,
suggesting a move to bi-weekly recycling could alleviate its issues.
"Waste Connections has also requested that they be let out of the
current collections contract due to expire spring 2022, as soon as
possible as they do not see this staffing problem entirely abating
under the existing manual collection system."
As a result, a new RFP will be "expedited ... to the greatest
extent possible in an effort to regain quality, predictable collection
However, the private sector waste management industry has undergone
consolidations reducing the number of potential bidders qualified to
take on or interested in separate contracts for garbage/organics and
"At least one small collection contractor has expressed they would be
unable to accommodate this and, as the number of qualified service
providers in Ontario has declined over recent years due to mergers and
acquisitions, in order to ensure more competitive process, staff are
now reconsidering the previous rationale to maintain contracts for the
whole County," according to the update. "Staff are therefore seeking
Council approval to explore the value of further splitting the County
into two sections, such that there could be potentially two contracts
for garbage/organics and two contracts for recycling. Proponents would
be invited to bid on the whole County or each of the two sections so
that an analysis could be undertaken with the goal of awarding to the
proponent or proponents whose proposal(s) were providing the best
service value to County residents."
"The historical rationale of increased competition for maintaining
whole County contracts, is
perhaps no longer as pertinent due to the number of mergers and
acquisitions that have occurred
since the last waste collection procurement process occurred. The pool
of potential bidders is
smaller than historically seen and staff are hesitant to preclude the
small collection contractor from participating in a procurement process
for a whole County contract."
In the meantime, the County continues to fill service gaps with other
sub contractors but estimate at least 9,000 units "are being
inconvenienced by a delayed collection each week. ... Based on current
staffing levels and available external trucks we
envision that Mondays and Friday collections should be fully routed
with any missed routes from Tuesday through Thursday able to be
collected on Fridays and Saturdays."