By Marcus Day
Triways Disposal Services Ltd. has been selected to do residential recycling in Maple Creek. It will also handle pick-ups at Town facilities like the skating rink and curling rink.
The start date pencilled in for the three-year contract is May 1.
Last month, Maple Creek Town Council decided to put recycling out to tender after hearing that the Town’s present contract with Emterra Environmental was drawing to a close.
Triways, a Saskatchewan company, was chosen ahead of Medicine Hat-based Environmental 360 Solutions at a special sitting of Maple Creek Town Council on Monday. These were the only two companies to submit a tender.
The Triways plan is a twice-a-month service, costing the Town $6.95 a cart per month, before taxes.
The price includes: cart delivery; cart rental; bi-weekly collection services (no glass accepted); recycle processing; program maintenance; and replacement of a damaged cart on the next pick-up day.
The Town facilities “front load service”, put forward by Triways, is: $20, 3-yard container; $25, 4-yard container; $30, 6-yard container.
Environmental 360 Solutions, meanwhile, proposed the following monthly recycling fees: $7.50 for 95 gallon bins; $65, 4-yard bin; $75, 6-yard bin.
At the Council meeting, Councillor Len Barkman, chairperson of Utilities & Environment, recommended that the contract be awarded to Triways. Council backed his recommendation.
Michelle McKenzie, the Mayor of Maple Creek, said afterwards: “I believe the Council made a good decision. It went through each proposal carefully and asked some great questions.”
McKenzie said she thought there would be more tenders.
“We extended the deadline for tenders in case there was a local entrepreneur who wanted to put forward a bid.”
On Tuesday, Darwin Nowokowski, sales manager for Triways, based in Swift Current, said he was delighted that his company had won the tender.
“We are looking forward to serving the Town of Maple Creek. I feel we can serve the town properly and consistently.”
Nowokowski said close to 1,000 blue Triways bins would be brought to the community
Nowokowski said Triways had a well-established connection with Maple Creek, working with the Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility, Cypress Park, Cutting Edge, Shattered Glass Services, the Nekaneet reserve, as well as farms and acreages.
Triways Disposal has been operating in southwestern Saskatchewan for more than 20 years. It is 100 per cent Saskatchewan owned and operated. Customers include the commercial, industrial, institutional and residential sectors of the southwest Saskatchewan economy.
Although not the largest service provider in the province, it is the market share leader in the southwest. Triways Disposal operations began providing residential cart service to communities in southwestern Saskatchewan in early 2014. Since then, residential waste and recycling collection by Triways has been initiated in Bracken, Burstall, Cabri, Consul, Eastend, Eatonia, Elrose, Herbert, Kincaid, Kyle, Leader, Mendham, Neville, Orkney, Ponteix, Prelate, Richmound, RM of Swift Current, Shaunavon, Stewart Valley, Success and Val Marie.
Triways was also awarded the waste and recycling contract for the City of Swift Current. The company provides curbside services to more than 10,000 homes in the Southwest.
The Town of Maple Creek’s association with Emterra has come to an end after the international enterprise wanted to renegotiate a new contract, which would have seen a big increase in costs for the Town.
Councillor Cara Teichroeb said the Town’s low deal with Emterra followed “handshake deals” and negotiations on the side.
She added that Emterra had been losing money through the contract for years and nobody could expect it to continue with such a deal.
Temporary changes have now been brought in by the Town until Triways’ contract kicks in.
From January 8, it has been the responsibility of each household to transport their recyclable materials to a bin of their choice. There are nine 6-yard bins distributed throughout town, provided by Triways. The locations are: #702 5th Avenue (old Town shop site); #575 Highway #21 (ambulance garage); #218 Maple Street (Legion Hall); #502 Marsh Street (Armoury); #513 Harder Street (Old highways building); Highway #21 South (Lions Park); #27 Pacific Avenue, (town parking lot); field (corner of Dixon Avenue & Jasper Street); field (1 block east of Lansdale St & Pacific Avenue, across from the RM of Maple Creek).
At a minimum, the bins will be emptied every two weeks, or more if needed. The recycling fee is $20.