Waste disposal issues in Lowndes County are more complex than one might think,
and transparent processes could help citizens understand these stewardship
issues, while helping the local government do its job.
Commissioner Raines called me yesterday evening after I had left him
a voice mail and an e-mail letting him know that I had some
I was particularly curious about the proposals
in column “F” which asked for:
Contractor(s) agrees to provide an independent proposal option to
address residential solid waste, bulky item, yard waste and
recyclable materials collection, transportation and disposal,
collection center management and related customer service, records,
billing and payment processing services for unincorporated Lowndes
Proposal “F” Pricing —
Residential solid waste, bulky item, yard waste and recyclable
materials collection, transportation and disposal, collection
center management and related customer service, records, billing
and payment processing services.
$______________ per month/subscriber
This was an opportunity for the vendors to provide some option that
the county had not asked for but used their expertise in waste
disposal and offer a creative solution.
The prices in column “F” ranged from $8.33 to $19.95 to “Negotiate”.
Commissioner Raines briefly explained what had been submitted by
each vendor and it became clear that there was not a creative
winning solution proposed there. In fact, submitting a “Negotiate
Rates and Program” is clearly a failure.
We then went on to discuss at length the whole solid waste disposal
history, problems, options, and so on. Commissioner Raines stressed