Eagle Waste and Recycling wins bid to provide Rhinelander's waste collection servicesSubmitted: 10/15/2018
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
News Director

Eagle Waste and Recycling wins bid to provide Rhinelander's waste collection services
RHINELANDER - People living in Rhinelander will see something new waiting at their curbs this winter.  It's a big change for garbage and recycling that the provider expects everyone to love.

Rhinelander awarded Eagle Waste and Recycling the city's new solid waste disposal contract on Oct. 8.  Forty-eight-gallon garbage bins and 96-gallon recycling bins replace the Advanced Disposal bins on January 1, 2019.  

Rhinelander is the 75th municipality the Eagle River-based company will manage.

"There's nothing finer or better in any city, state in the U.S. than what the City of Rhinelander is going to have," Eagle Waste and Recycling Sales Manager Jim Whittinghill said.

The pickup system is fully automated, allowing the driver to stay in the truck the whole time. Whittinghill says his trucks only need about five seconds at each house.

Florida-based Advanced Disposal held the city's contract since 2013, when it took over for Northern Waste. The old rate was $227,620 per year.

Eagle Waste's bid this fall for a 10-year contract was about $353,000 a year, which included a weekly bulk item pickup. That bid was significantly less than Advance Disposal's offer of $482,496 for the same arrangement.  The city is still working out contract details on if it will be a five- or ten-year deal and may go with fewer bulk item pickups.  

"Most of the cost increase is estimated to relate to the economy and benefit of past terms of contract, yet there are notable improvements in the services being delivered as well," Rhinelander Public Works Director Tim Kingman said in an email to Newswatch 12 on Monday.

Whittinghill thinks people in Rhinelander will love the larger bins and automated pickup.

"It's been a big, big, big plus for northern Wisconsin, big plus for Eagle Waste and Recycling, and certainly the benefactors that we're delivering to those 75 communities all love it also," Whittinghill said.

Whittinghill estimates the larger recycling bins will help people recycle up to 50 percent of the waste coming out of their homes.

The approximately 2,800 homes in Rhinelander will see new bins arrive the week before New Year's.

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