Village awards four-year contract to AC Disposal for trash hauling

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There's a new trash hauler in town. And he's local.

On a 3-0 vote, the village of Bosque Farms awarded a 12-year solid waste contract to AC Disposal of Jarales. The contract is for four years with two four-year extensions.

The company will begin picking up residential and commercial trash in August, when the contract with Rio Rancho-based Waste Management ends after eight years.

One of the big benefits is that AC will keep the gross receipts taxes in the village, says owner Charles Montoya.

In a phone interview after the May 16 meeting, Montoya said the company can give the money to any municipality that uses its services, even if an office is not located there.

Another bonus, he said, concerns roll-off containers.

Mayor Bob Knowlton had raised the question of an exclusivity clause about the containers. Customers complained that Waste Management charged a premium price for those containers, which could only be provided by that company, the mayor said in an earlier meeting.

"We had talked about doing away with the (exclusivity clause for) roll offs. When we got the bids from the different providers, AC was the lowest," Knowlton said. "I think we want the exclusivity to control things."

Montoya said in the phone interview after the meeting that his proposal's prices were based on an exclusive agreement, since that is the current arrangement.

"The village wanted competitive prices," he said. During negotiations, the ability for businesses and residents to find the most affordable deal on roll offs was addressed, he said.

"If someone finds a cheaper price, and brings it to us in writing, we will match it," Montoya said.

Two residents, Lee Whorton and Skip Braught, asked about the monthly cost and whether recycling was mandatory.

"What are the rates and do we have to take on the other junk with them?" Braught asked. Whorton asked the hauler to clarify how many recycling bins there would be.

The base rate for residential pickup is $12.25 a month, plus tax, and the recycling is included in that price, Montoya said. A second trash cart is an additional $5 a month.

He said at this time, his company can't offer "single-stream recycling," so residents will have to separate their recyclable goods into separate bins.

"The recycling is optional — customers don't have to do it — and if they request it, there's no extra cost," Montoya said. AC will pick up paper, No. 1 and 2 plastics, bundled corrugated cardboard, aluminum and tin cans.

The company will do curb-side pickups for large items twice a year at no charge. Customers need to call 48 hours in advance to schedule the pickup.

Montoya said the company will provide 30 containers to the village for its annual community cleanup campaigns.

The company will begin trash routes in the village on the first Monday in August, he said. Fliers will be sent to customers about the change and new bins will be delivered two weeks before service begins, he said.

Commercial trash containers will be delivered a week before service begins and may need to be placed next to Waste Management's bins until the old containers are removed.

If that's the case, Montoya said AC will return to properly place the commercial containers on the property. The smallest commercial container AC offers is a 96-gallon cart, the same size as residential service.

For questions about the new trash service, Bosque Farms customers can call AC at 864-1010.


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