Republic Services Secures Public-Private Partnership With City Of Flint
City to Save $1 Million Annually; Residents to Have Curbside Recycling
FLINT, Mich., Feb. 7, 2013
FLINT, Mich., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG)
today announced a five-year public-private partnership with the city of Flint
that demonstrates the Company's commitment to accelerate its growth through
strategic alliances that provide cities with alternative solutions to meet
their waste and recycling needs.
"Today's announcement is a victory for the city of Flint and its residents,"
said Chris Synek, executive vice president of sales and customer experience
for Republic. "The city will benefit through cost savings, and residents and
businesses will enjoy additional services, including curbside recycling."
"I'm confident that our decision to contract with Republic Services for
Flint's waste collection needs is the right one for our residents," said Ed
Kurtz, emergency financial manager for the city of Flint. "Not only will it
save the city money, it will also provide residents with the additional
benefit of recyclingservice, which they currently do not have."
Added Synek, "We specialize in waste and recycling services on a day-to-day
basis and are in a position to improve efficiency and provide service
innovations to cities when they are facing declining revenues and severe
budget shortfalls. We will continue to pursue these opportunities to offer
cost-effective solutions in an environmentally sound manner to other cities
and towns across the country."
The primary benefits of a public-private partnership for a municipality
include lower costs; consistent safety training and service standards; greater
efficiency; and risk mitigation. Republic can better leverage costs through
competition and economies of scale because it specializes in waste and
recycling services; deliver service quality and safety that is equal to or
exceeds that of the public sector; perform with greater flexibility; and
reduce the risks associated with providing waste services.
In addition, the private solid waste sector is one of the fastest growing
adopters of alternative and hybrid fuel vehicle technologies to reduce
emissions in communities nationwide. Republic has better access to capital to
improve or replace trucks and technologies to more efficiently manage a
collection fleet. In 2012, 65 percent of the Company's collection fleet
purchases were natural gas vehicles.
Under the agreement, Republic also will phase in a new curbside recycling
program that will support the city's commitment to increase recycling
participation and reduce its environmental impact. As part of the agreement,
Republic will service the city's municipal waste needs, provide services for
city-sanctioned events, launch a recycling education campaign and purchase
Flint's collection trucks for $1.5 million.
Additionally, the city's sanitation workforce has the opportunity to join
Republic Services. Republic will consider these highly-skilled workers first
to fill company positions created by the contract.
Republic operates the Citizen's Disposal landfill and has provided
residential, commercial and industrial service to the Flint area for more than
two decades. The Company employs 80 people at its Flint office.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in the U.S. non-hazardous solid
waste industry. Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection companies,
transfer stations, recycling centers and landfills focus on providing reliable
environmental services and solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal and
residential customers. Republic and its employees believe in protecting the
planet and applying common sense solutions to customers' waste and recycling
challenges. For more information, visit the Republic website at
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