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The next solid waste contract must be in place by January 1, 2021, when the current contract expires. The City can pursue starting the contract early if the contractor is able to do so.
Why so long in advance? The company that wins the bid for collection will need more than a year to assemble all of the equipment needed for collection. This will include purchasing up to 500,000 carts which could cost up to $25 million. Up to 100 collection trucks will be needed at $350,000 each for the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles Omaha will be looking for, so there is another $35 million.
The resources linked to this page are the guiding documents and actions taken by the City in the process of evaluating what is needed in the next solid waste contract.
Studies, Surveys & Media Updates
Because of Waste Management's difficulty in recruiting an adequate number of drivers during 2015 and 2016, the Mayor and City Council determined that some important aspects of solid waste collection needed to be studied prior to the next contract.
The Public Works Department hired SCS Engineers to conduct two studies and a public opinion survey.
- Benchmark Study Report Final v1.0 26 pages
- The goal of this study was to give the City a reasonable idea of what options might be available or need to be evaluated for the next solid waste contract. This study thoroughly examined two local communities and 11 regional cities of comparable size to Omaha.
- Yardwaste Study Report Final v1.0 54 pages
- The largest and most in-depth of the studies. This study was to quantify the economic and environmental aspects of dealing with yardwaste collection and disposal in a variety of ways. Predominantly there are two scenarios that quantify the economic and environmental aspects and three additional variation scenarios considered.
- Public Opinion Survey Summary Letter Final v1.0 Includes Survey Script 15 pages
- To gauge the public's satisfaction with the current collection contract and assess the public's willingness to accept change, a telephone survey was conducted. The public opinion survey contacted a statistically accurate sample of 550 households across the city.
Public Opinion Survey Final v1.0 inclusive with raw data 236 pages
- City Council Presentation by SCS 22 pages
- In January, 2017, SCS Engineers presented the findings of the two studies and the public opinion survey to the City Council.
- Request for Bid Development Update 2 pages
- On March 6, 2018, SCS Engineers and Public Works briefed the Mayor and Council regarding development of the Request for Bid. This briefing document was provided to the media at a news conference that same day.
Knowing of the City's interest in changing to a cart collection system in the next contract, Waste Managent offered to provide the equipment so Omaha could see first hand how a cart collection system with automated side load trucks would work. This offer was made without any financial compensation to Waste Management and no commitment by the City.
The City and Waste Management agreed on areas of 500 homes in each of the collection days making a total of 2,500 homes in the automated collection pilot. The areas selected represent the vast majority of streets and situations that the contractor would encounter when collecting the whole city.
Videos of the Automated Side Load Pilot in Omaha are available on YouTube, click here.
- Post Pilot Public Opinion Survey Summary Letter Final v1.0 Includes Survey Script 8 pages
- After using carts for collection and experiencing automated collection for five months, a telephone survey was conducted. The public opinion survey contacted a statistically accurate sample of 200 households within the pilot areas.
Post Pilot Public Opinion Survey Final v1.0 inclusive with raw data 95 pages
- Archived Pilot Website (Opens in a new tab)
- During the pilot, residents in the pilot areas were directed to this website with information specifically for them. The pilot website is archived as it was when the pilot finished. The information on the pilot webpage only applied to the pilot and does not apply to any current collection.
The Mayor's hotline is collecting input from residents regarding the next solid waste collection contract. If you have comments, please submit them by November 17, 2017, by contact the Mayor's hotline either by phone at 402-444-5555, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCS Engineers has been hired to assist the City through the process of developing, and writing the new contract (Request for Bid). This winter will be used to develop and write the bid document. Then in the early spring it will be available for the potential bidders. Bid opening, evaluation, selection, and approval by the City Council is expected by the end of 2018.
- Cart Frequently Asked Questions
The questions we have regularly heard at the Open Houses and on the solid waste hotline.
- Videos of Automated Side Load collection trucks
See some of the trypes of trucks that might be in Omaha's future. The video is nearly 10 minutes long. (217 meg, no audio)
- Omaha Solid Waste History
This posterboard gives a quick history of Omaha solid waste since 2004. It is a large format poster, 3 feet by 4 feet, that will not print well on a typical home printer.
- All nine open house poster boards in one file
These are large format posters, 3 feet by 4 feet, that will not print well on a typical home printer.
- October, 2017, issue of WASTELINE
The article on page 1 discusses the current status of developing the next solid waste contract.
- July, 2017, issue of WASTELINE
The entire issue is dedicated to the studies, public opinion surveys and pilot that have been conducted to learn more in preparation for a new solid waste contract.
- October, 2016, issue of WASTELINE
The article on page 1 discusses the study and the pilot that was about to be launched.
- Lawn Care in Eastern Nebraska
Changing lawn mowing practices promotes a healthy lawn and reduces the amount of material at your curb for collection. This lawn care management plan is easy to follow and good for the environment. It is issued by the Douglas/Sarpy Cooperative Extension Service.
- NebGuide: Thatch Prevention and Control
Leaving grass clippings on the lawn doesn't produce thatch. This NebGuide will help you understand the science of thatch and how to prevent it.
- NebGuide: Garden Compost
Why buy compost when you can easily make your own compost. This NebGuide will get you started on your own back yard composting.
- Omaha World-Herald story about the Council's desire for unlimited yardwaste.
Published on 03/29/2018.
- Recycling Today article about the contract progress news conference.
Recycling Today is an industry trade journal. Story released on 03/20/2018.
- Waste 360 Story about the contract progress news conference, taken from the Omaha World-Herald.
Waste 360 is a solid waste industry trade journal/news compiler. Story released on 03/13/2018.
- Omaha World-Herald story about the contract comparing to neighboring communities.
Published on 03/10/2018.
- WOWT story about the contract progress news conference.
Story released on 03/08/2018.
- Waste Dive Story about the contract progress news conference.
Waste Dive is a solid waste industry trade journal/news compiler. Story released on 03/07/2018.
- KETV story about the contract progress news conference.
Aired on 03/06/2018.
- Omaha World-Herald story about the contract progress news conference.
Published on 03/06/2018.
- Omaha World-Herald/The Bottom Line 10-minutes with the Mayor.
Aired on 02/28/2018.
- KETV Story about the progress on the contract.
Aired on 10/18/2017.
- Omaha World-Herald article about City Council actions.
It includes approving a contract with SCS Engineers to assist in writing the collection contract bid and the bid process.
Published on 10/18/2017.
- Omaha World-Herald article about the progress and timeline for the next solid waste contract.
Published on 10/13/2017.
- Photos from the Open Houses.
- KMTV Coverage of the first Open Houses.
Aired on 7/26/2017.
- KPTM Coverage of the first Open Houses.
Aired on 7/26/2017.
- KMTV Notice about the Open Houses.
Aired on 7/25/2017.
- Keep Omaha Beautiful Inc. e-mail blast about the Open Houses.
Sent on 7/24/2017.
- City of Omaha e-mail blast about the Open Houses.
Sent on 7/24/2017.
- City of Omaha e-mail blast about the new issue of WASTELINE.
Sent on 7/14/2017.
- Omaha World-Herald article and sidebar about the Open House meetings.
Published on 7/20/2017.
- Omaha World-Herald article about the study.
Published on 1/11/2017.
- WOWT Report of the Study.
Aired on 1/10/2017.
- KMTV Report of the Study.
Aired on 1/10/2017.
- KETV Report of the Study.
Aired on 1/10/2017.
- WOWT Report of the Post Pilot Survey.
Aired on 6/7/2017.
- Omaha World-Herald article about Yardwaste Collection and the Post Pilot Survey.
Published on 6/8/2017.
- Mayor's website with information about the study.
Open Houses — Archive
Four open houses will help introduce the public to the contract options being looked at and the type of equipment being considered. It will be an opportunity to get clarification of the contract process.
At the open houses, eight posters will present the highlights of what has been studied and the information collected. A Public Works staff member or an SCS Engineers employee will be stationed at each poster board to answer questions.
You may click on the icon next to each study or survey listed below to review the posters before the open house. Be aware that these are large format, 3 feet by 4 feet poster boards and will not reproduce well on most home printers.
The studies and information collected was also synopsized in the July 2017 issue of WASTELINE. You may click on the W icon next to each study or survey listed below to read the WASTELINE article. This will be a single article, and not the full issue of WASTELINE. To review the complete issue, click here. Be aware that WASTELINE is a large format publication and will not reproduce well on a home printer.
Open House Schedule
- No formal presentations.
- Come at any time during the open house.
- All open houses will provide the same information.
- A survey/comment card will be distributed at each open house.
Omaha Home & Garden Expo — Archive
We have sample carts at the Omaha Home & Garden Expo. You may come "kick the tires" and try them out and ask questions about the next contract.
The Expo is February 8, 9, 10, & 11, 2018, at the CenturyLink Center. For more info about the show and the show ow, click here.