Bid awarded for Alberni trash cans

The city of Alberni has awarded the $493,000 tender for 6,300 new garbage carts to Rollins Machinery Ltd.

Randy Fraser displays one of the animal-proof auto-load garbage cans the city has now ordered.

Randy Fraser displays one of the animal-proof auto-load garbage cans the city has now ordered.

The city’s new garbage cans are ordered and on the way.

The city has awarded the $493,000 tender for 6,300 new garbage carts to Rollins Machinery Ltd.

The initiative is being underwritten with funds from the city’s gas tax reserve fund.

There were four bids submitted with Rollins having submitted two of them.

Rollins submitted a $443,000 bid for an IPL cart but it lacked animal resistance certification, was smaller, and the 80-litre can hadn’t been used with auto side-loading trucks in Western Canada.

Rollins’ $508,000 bid was for a Schaefer cart, which met the city’s requirements for, capacity, durability, animal resistance and 10-year warranty.

The cart order distribution was adjusted based on public input, city engineer Guy Cicon said, and the $493,000 reflects the new numbers.

“This is under what I thought it would be,” Cicon said.

The cans will come on 80L, 120L and 240L sizes, and half of them will be equipped with bear resistant hardware.

The cans will cost $83 to $200, the cost of which will be tacked on to residents’ municipal bill.

The cans will be specific to residences and will stay with a residence if an owner sells and moves.

Meanwhile, the $562,000 auto-loading garbage trucks have been ordered and are expected to arrive in September.

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