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Surrey council voting on contract for trash removal at city parks

The city has some 790 refuse collection cans in its parks
The lone trash can at Surrey Lake Park, in the 7500-block of 152 Street. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)

Surrey council will consider awarding ABC Maintenance Ltd. a one-year contract on Monday for picking up trash in City of Surrey Parks.

The city has some 790 refuse collection cans in its parks and the contract would cover labour, materials, equipment and transportation required to collect and dispose of trash from the 45-gallon bins.

The matter will be before council Monday, on the recommendation of Laurie Cavan, Surrey’s general manager of parks, recreation and culture. If council gives the OK, the company will be paid $621,608.61 annually commencing March 1 with a spending limit set at $651,209.02 and an option open to council to extend the contract for four more years.

Cavan noted in a corporate report to come before council that Horizon Landscape Contractors’ current five-year term is up for its second renewal option of March 1 but considering it requested a 30 per cent increase – roughly $163,000 – the city’s purchasing and parks staff evaluated the request and determined it “warranted a return to market.”

About the Author: Tom Zytaruk

I write unvarnished opinion columns and unbiased news reports for the Surrey Now-Leader.
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