City told to stick with Emterra, price increase coming

By James Peters
November 27, 2015 - 3:47pm Updated: November 30, 2015 - 12:40pm

KAMLOOPS — City of Kamloops staff are recommending the city re-sign with its current residential recycling, Emterra Environmental despite a seven week service disruption this summer. 

During next week's meeting staff will recommend council pick Emterra after only one other bid came back as part of the bidding process.

Public Works and Utilities Director Jen Fretz says going back to Emterra won't be cheap. "In 2015, our processing fees were roughly $460,000 for the year. Those will be going up to an estimated $845,000 for 2016."

Fretz says the city would likely pass on the increase to recycling customers.

Emterra employees went on strike in June, before signing a four-year contract in August.

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