There’s an important point that shouldn’t be forgotten in the spectacle of the bare-knuckle brawl for the contract to pick up Del Norte County’s garbage and recyclables.
The main competitors, Recology Del Norte and Hambro Group, have both performed admirably in these parts for a long time. And, in fact, their ability to cooperate with each other has produced a seamless solid waste operation from Recology’s curbside pickup to Hambro’s operation of the Transfer Station.
Both companies wanted the lucrative new contract to pick up Del Norte’s waste. And based on their past performance and their long-established support of the community they serve, they both had good cases to make. But the Del Norte County Solid Waste Management Authority’s board had to choose one of them to exclusively negotiate with, and it chose Recology. By declining to reconsider the decision at its Wednesday meeting, it in essence chose Recology twice.
Should the authority and Recology fail to negotiate a new agreement, Hambro would be back in the mix. Regardless, what’s important now is to embrace the fact that we have two fine companies handling Del Norte’s waste disposal with the able assistance of Julindra Recycling.
It’s also a good time to appreciate the authority’s countywide approach to waste disposal, which keeps pickup rates equitable even in remote areas and maintains city-county cooperation when it comes to continuing to monitor our capped landfill.
There was no way for Recology and Hambro to both win in this competition, but Del Norte as a whole certainly has not lost.