With the city's residential solid waste disposal contract due to expire Dec. 31, 2016, Buffalo City Council unanimously voted to terminate its contract with Waste Management, and accept a new five-year deal with Randy's Sanitation effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Waste Management has been the main provider for Buffalo residents over the past 20 years, according to City Administrator Laureen Bodin.

Council members told two representatives from Waste Management that were present at last Tuesday's (Sept. 6) meeting at the Buffalo City Center that the switch had nothing to do with issues with their current contract.

According to Bodin, the new proposal will show just a slight difference in costs from the current proposal with Waste Management.

The biggest difference is the lower costs for the desired disposal of the Resource Recovery Facility method.  No numbers were given at the time.

Another factor is the added benefits that Randy's Sanitation offers.  Most notable is the Blue Bag Organic Recycling that will be part of the new proposal.  This allows residents to recycle food waste into distributed blue bags that will be collected.

Newer and cleaner waste hauling vehicles, as well as sponsorship for local events, were a few other reasons for the change.

Collection dates and schedules will not change.

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