New contract for R.M. refuse collection

After requesting proposals from the private sector, the Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth Council has hired MWM Environmental to collect refuse in Ward 1, which encompasses Lenore, Kenton, Harding and surrounding areas.

The work was previously done by the late Garry Jordan, who passed away earlier this year. His wife served notice to Council in September that the contract would be terminated as of Dec. 31, resulting in the need to secure a new service provider. Chief Administrative Officer Garth Mitchell explained that after MWM takes over, ratepayers will continue to deposit their refuse in the same locations they do now. “All locations will be identical,” he said. “It will just be a swapping out of their bins for the R.M. bins that are there.”

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Mitchell explained that the decision to award the contract to MWM was in the municipality’s best interest economically. The company submitted the lowest of the two bids received, and will supply all necessary bins and collect the refuse with its own trucks.   

“The R.M. was having to spend more each year to maintain the existing collection bins and trailer, which will now be replaced with the company’s own equipment.”

Mitchell explained that the move will reduce the overall operating cost and lessen the space requirements at the Kenton landfill, where the refuse is presently taken to. MWM plans to haul the collected waste to its own site near Souris. 

The new contract is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1. 

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