GBB Assists City of Allentown, PA with RFQs For Recyclables Processing & Marketing and Non-Landfill MSW Disposal Systems

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Fairfax, VA (March 6, 2015) – Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) announced today that it has been assisting the City of Allentown, PA with the development of two Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) for the privatization of the city’s waste-related and recycling service needs.

The first RFQ, expected to be publicly issued by the city’s Purchasing Department on or about March 10, 2015, is intended to select a shortlist of experienced contractors to provide the processing and marketing of curbside recyclables collected within the City of Allentown as well as from the Allentown Recycling Drop-off Center. The city is open to either a dual stream or a single stream processing system for the city recyclables and will work with the selected processor to develop the actual form and specifications of the city curbside collection program, both of which are expected to be implemented for up to nine (9) year terms, including potential contract extensions.  The current city schedule calls for the receipt of qualification responses two (2) weeks after the issuance date.

GBB is also helping the city in simultaneously issuing, on or about March 10, 2015, an RFQ for Non-Landfill MSW Disposal Alternatives. Approximately 37,000 tons of MSW are generated in the city and recently the city terminated its agreement with Delta Thermo Energy, LLC when the private firm could not meet certain contractual commitments. While the MSW currently goes to a landfill, the city continues to be open to evaluating non-landfill based options. Statements of Qualifications for this second RFQ are due to the city four (4) weeks after the issuance date, after which a shortlist of qualified firms will be selected.

The city will issue both of these RFQs, and they will be available on the City of Allentown, Purchasing Department web page.

“GBB has assisted the city with other collection and processing procurements in the past, and  Mayor Ed Pawlowski is committed to state-of-the-art projects and providing real opportunities for public-private partnerships with the city,” said Bob Brickner, GBB Executive Vice President.

“Both of these RFQs provide private service contractors the opportunity to showcase their capability and experience to creatively address the needs of the city.  We are excited to allow the private marketplace to present innovative ideas to address our service needs,” noted Ann Saurman, the city’s Manager of the Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste.

About GBB

GBB is a national solid waste management consulting firm founded in 1980 that works on solid waste collection, processing, recycling, and disposal issues and assists in planning, procuring, and implementing sound, cost-effective facilities and services at the local, state, and national levels for both the public and private sectors. For more information on the firm and its products and services, visit,,, or call 703-573-5800.