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Landfill contract could come up for bid

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City officials want the community to take a hard look at the contract with Rumpke of Indiana to operate the Bartholomew County Landfill as it comes up for renewal.

Mayor Kristen Brown urged the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District this morning to seek competitive bidders, to look for possible savings and to see if a countywide home recycling program could be funded through the landfill contract. The contract expires at the end of this year. The solid waste district plans to begin negotiating the contract in March.

County Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz, who also serves on the waste district board, said the county pays Rumpke about $1.2 million a year to operate the landfill based on how much trash is dumped there. Rumpke is also the landfill's largest customer and pays about $800,000 a year to the district in tipping fees. The landfill's second largest customer is the city of Columbus, Kleinhenz said.

Look for more information in Friday's Republic.

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