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(August 27, 2019)

The Omaha City Council has approved Mayor Jean Stothert’s recommendation to hire FCC Environmental to provide solid waste collection services for the City of Omaha beginning in 2021.

The vote was  4-3, council members Harding, Melton, Gray and Palermo voted for the FCC contract, council members  Pahls, Jerram and Festersen voted against it.

“A very important decision was made today,” said Mayor Stothert. “This contract will be in place at least ten years and up to 20. I want to thank all the companies that bid on this contract and for wanting to work in the City of Omaha.”

Mayor Stothert signed the ordinance accepting the FCC bid tonight; the next step will be to sign the contract with the company.

FCC will provide two 96-gallon carts, one for weekly solid waste and yard waste combined, the second for bi-weekly recycling collection, plus unlimited curbside collection of yard waste during the spring and fall peak seasons.  Citizens who prefer a smaller cart can exchange the 96-gallon cart after a 90-day trial. 

Families that want or need three carts are eligible to get a third cart at city expense if there are five or more persons in the household.  The Council approved a change in city ordinance reducing the number of residents from eight to five so more families can qualify. Smaller families can also request a third cart, at their expense.

“This will be something different. Change is hard but once people get used to it, they will like it,” said Mayor Stothert.

FCC must begin collection service on January 1, 2021.  The City’s contract with the current provider, Waste Management, expires December 31, 2020. 

“I have every confidence that FCC will be ready and it will be a very smooth transition,” said Mayor Stothert.

“We’ve done this in many communities,” said FCC CEO Inigo Sanz.

Four companies bid on the collection contract, FCC Environmental, West Central Sanitation, Waste Management and Waste Connections.

A Public Works review committee analyzed the bids and made the recommendation to Mayor Stothert to choose FCC.  Mayor Stothert then made the recommendation to the City Council.