Waste Management Seeks City Work

December 8, 2017

WILKES-BARRE — A spokesman for a solid waste disposal company said the city stands to reap benefits if it privatizes curbside collection of garbage and recyclables. John Hambrose, communications manager for Waste Management/Greater Mid-Atlantic Area, said company officials have obtained a copy of the city’s request for proposals for garbage and recyclable collection, which was released Tuesday. Hambrose said some of the cost-reduction benefits associated with privatization are connected to personnel and benefits, as well as equipment investment and maintenance, liability insurance and safety training. Touting the company as “North American’s largest environmental services provider,” Hambrose said Waste Management provides employees with “continuous safety training and the equipment they need to stay safe on the job.” — STEVE MOCARSKY