C&D Materials Recycling Facility Procurement (City of Portland, Maine)

GBB performed an independent review of operations and financial results at the seven-year-old Riverside Recycling Facility located on the northwest side of Portland, Maine. The primary objective of the assignment was to determine the advantages and disadvantages of the City’s methods of handling construction and demolition (C&D) debris, bulky waste and organics.

The Riverside Recycling Facility is a regional facility handling approximately 60,000 tons of material per year from the City of Portland residents and from neighboring municipalities. It also accepts waste from private commercial businesses and haulers in the Greater Portland area, including C&D waste haulers, landscapers, building contractors, roofers and property management firms. It also receives City street sweepings waste and recycles electronics/CRTs and other HHW.

The GBB Project Team evaluated the pros and cons of the City’s contractual arrangement with the private firm that operated the facility for the past seven (7) years, provided a detailed economic review of the operation, compared operations with established practices in the waste industry, and reviewed alternative C&D waste handling strategies available to the City. The GBB Project Team ultimately recommended that a formal request for proposals (RFP) be issued in order to fully take advantage of the competitive regional marketplace. GBB was subsequently retained as part of the RFP development team and participated in the RFP drafting, including the proposal review process.

As a result of the RFP process, the City selected Commercial Paving & Recycling Company LLC of Scarborough, Maine, to run its Riverside Recycling Facility. The long-term agreement is expected to generate a savings of approximately $1 million a year for the City, based on a lower competitive cost to run the facility and new annual revenues generated by more aggressive marketing of the materials collected.