Turner reopens bids for recycling contract to 4 companies

By Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor

HOUSTON - Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Friday reopened bids on the city’s recycling contract to four companies.

"FCC, Republic Services, Waste Management Inc. and Independent Texas Recyclers will be allowed to present a best-and-final offer, and then the superior proposal will be chosen,” Turner said in a written statement.

Turner said those companies made it to the interview stage in the previous process.

The announcement comes nearly a month after Turner said he had selected FCC as the city’s new recycling provider, touting $1.3 million in savings and better service.

Turner’s selection was pending City Council approval. He said Friday’s action was designed to put to rest concerns they raised.

“Whatever the result, my only allegiance is to this city and I will always seek what is in its best interest,” Turner said.

It was unclear how long the process would take.

Since Turner’s selection was announced, the founder of Houston-based recycling company EcoHub, Wayne Dolcefino, claimed that the mayor’s administration reneged on a deal struck with his company.

"All we've ever asked for -- is for the process to be done and make it fair," Dolcefino said.

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