The City of Pittsburgh's Department of Public Works is seeking proposals for a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), Hazardous Waste (HW) AND Electronic Waste (EW) Program. The City intends to continue the provision of an affordable program under which City of Pittsburgh residents can properly dispose of and/or recycle their EW and HHW.
Respondents are required to be PA DEP certified to transport, process, and store HHW, HW, and EW.
The awarded contract will be a for a one year period with three separate options for one year renewal.
From 2018 to 2021, the City managed a partnership with a vendor to subsidize a twice-weekly drop-off location for City residents to properly dispose of hard-to-recycle items such as unwanted chemicals around the house (HHW), chemicals from City operations (HW), and TV's and computers (EW) at affordable rates. This program had included coordinating and promoting neighborhood collection events. Other than the City's previous subsidized offerings, options for EW and HHW collection and processing are limited to events by the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC).
The City of Pittsburgh seeks qualified bidders to respond to this RFP with a drop-off and/ or curbside solution for the recycling of City operations and Resident-generated un-usable EW, HW, HHW and/or recovery/ recycling or reuse of component materials in an environmentally sound and secure manner and compliant with all applicable local, state, federal, and international environmental and safety laws and treaties.
Respondents may propose the use of an existing City-owned, utility-included, rent-free facility utilized by the previous program vendor located at the Bureau of Environmental Services in the Strip District neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA.
Regulatory and Environmental Need
The City of Pittsburgh is compelled to provide non-landfill options for HHW disposal in order to comply with ACT 101 of PA Commonwealth Law. It is in the best interests of the City and City residents to mitigate the long term environmental legacy of landfill leachate by reducing the amount of reactive and or long term free liquids going into the landfill. The Covered Devices Recycling Act (CDRA) of 2010 offered few solutions or incentives for responsible haulers of municipal waste, of which the City is, by banning televisions, computers and peripherals in January of 2013 that had been previously acceptable to put in the landfill.
As a hauler and generator of many of these materials, the City is interested in continuing a holistic program to manage all the HW and EW generated by its own operations in a way that reflects the security and environmental standards outlined in this document.
The following represents the tentative schedule for this project. Any change in the scheduled dates for the Pre Proposal Conference (if applicable), Deadline for Submission of Written Questions, or Proposal Submission Deadline will be advertised in the form of an addendum to this RFP. The schedule for the evaluation process and other future dates may be adjusted without notice.