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Omaha rejects Firstar Fiber bid to process city's recycling

Posted at 10:49 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 23:49:20-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The City of Omaha is rejecting a bid on the next contract with the city's recycling processor.

Mayor Stothert says she felt Firstar Fiber's bid of $4 million for five years was well above what she thought it would be.

She pointed out how under the deal, the company charges the city more than it charges other customers.

"Competition is good," said Mayor Stothert. "And I think Firstar Fiber felt like they were the only show in town. And that whatever they agreed to in this bid that we would have to agree to. We don't. And that's why we feel like it was unfair. I feel like it was unfair and that it needs to be rejected and rebid."

The mayor says the city might consider offering a longer contract--similar to the waste hauler contract with FCC Environmental--to attract more bidders.

The recycling contract is for processing the materials after they're picked up and would start at the beginning of 2021.