Council committee gives nod to Eureka for recycling contract

The City Council’s Transportation & Public Works Committee gave the green light Tuesday to city staff to select Northeast-based Eureka Recycling for the city’s recycling contract.

Eureka submitted a bid for the five-year contract along with Texas-based Waste Management — the city’s current recycling provider.

City Council members said they received several emails urging them to select Eureka for the contract.

Both Waste Management and Eureka Recycling proposed a 80/20 revenue sharing package, according to a staff report prepared by David Herberholz, the city’s director of Solid Waste and Recycling.

Eureka, however, offered the lowest per ton processing fee and offered to waive their portion of the recycling revenue if the total per-ton value drops below the per-ton processing fee.

In 2014, the city’s residential recyclables totaled 29,440 tons, according to a city fact sheet.

City Council Member Kevin Reich (Ward 1), chair of the Transportation and Public Works Committee, is holding a community conversation Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave. NE, with Eureka Recycling to discuss how recycling can fuel economic development. Presenters include Eastside Food Co-op, Better Futures Enterprises and Momentum Enterprises.