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  • Christopher Waters
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 5, 2008

      Begin forwarded message:

      From: Christopher Waters <christopher@...>
      Date: August 5, 2008 3:09:40 PM PDT
      Subject: Re: [OPD] Waste management (Piedmont Ave.)

      I'd like to add some preliminary comments regarding customer service and environmental impact, for the community to ponder for the next three years.

      Prior to Waste Management's exclusive contract with the City of Oakland, Oakland Scavenger, a family-based company passed down from one generation to the next, provided service to the city's residents.  Oakland Scavenger was obsessed with customer service and was a partner with the city in all aspects of their contract. People I have spoken to who worked for Waste Management for years acknowledge that  stock price is  WM's number one company goal.  What we need is to return to a community-based provider, like Norcal, that concentrates on customer service and city partnership.

      The facts speak for themselves:  on the one hand, you have Waste Management, a franchised company; on the other hand, you have Norcal, a non-franchised company, based right in San Francisco, that has food waste service at the majority of the major restaurants in S.F. (and many more, like mine, here in Oakland), as well as hospitals, Oakland Airport,  the Oakland Coliseum and numerous other venues.  We have all privately contracted with Norcal in favor of an arrangement with the City of Oakland's exclusive provider (Waste Management).  There is a reason for this:  Norcal's commitment to recycling and organics recycling.  Waste Management is the largest recycler in America, but that is because they are the largest waste collection entity in America.  They are also the largest owner of landfills in America.  Proportionally speaking, their recycling and composting ratio is dwarfed by Norcal's.

      With a commitment to Zero Waste by 2020 and 75% reduction by 2010, the City of Oakland should not have a contract with Waste Management in 2008.

      Christopher Waters

      On Aug 5, 2008, at 1:38 PM, Christopher Waters wrote:

      Thanks for the clarification.  I look forward to that process and only wish it were coming sooner.

      Christopher Waters

      On Aug 5, 2008, at 1:32 PM, Quan, Jean wrote:

      It was that clear so I was only responding to the strike issue. 

      I wasn't here when the last contract was negotiated, Elihu Harris was the
      mayor then but I assume it was bid. We did extend the contracts by I think
      2 years when I was elected because we wanted to have equal recycling
      throughout the city and the new bins and trucks had to be capitalizes. But
      yes, the contracts come up in 3 years and I believe both customer service,
      the scope of the contract, and environmental impact have to be looked at.
      There will not only be open bidding but probably a long look at these
      issues and each firms capacity to fullfil them

      Jean Quan, Council President Pro Tem City of Oakland 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza,
      2nd Fl Oakland, CA 94612 (510)238-7004 http://www.jeanquan .org
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      From: OPD@yahoogroups. com on behalf of Christopher Waters
      Sent: Tue 8/5/2008 11:33 AM
      To: OPD@yahoogroups. com
      Subject: Re: [OPD] Waste management (Piedmont Ave.)


      I didn't mean to imply that a contract extension took place after the
      lockout. I was referring to the fact -- which you yourself confirmed in a
      private conversation with me a few years ago -- that Oakland had different
      service areas with different contract expiration dates, and when those
      contract dates began to expire several years ago, you yourself convinced the
      Council to extend Waste Management's no-bid contract so that the entire city
      had a single, extended contract expiration date.

      As Chair of Stopwaste.org and the Alameda County Source Reduction and
      Recycling Board, I know this is an issue of importance to you, and I admire
      your leadership on many other environmental issues. Rather than skirting
      the Waste Management contract issue, it would be preferable if you would
      publicly support a bidding process for contract renewal, and proactively
      publicize that process so other providers and the community are aware of it.
      That would be a political win-win for you, the Council, and the community.


      Christopher Waters

      On Aug 5, 2008, at 11:17 AM, Quan, Jean wrote:

      Actually Chris we didn't extend it, but we decided not to sue to cancel the
      contract because of the costs locked in. With the rising price of gas, it
      is a better punishment and saves us all money.

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      From: OPD@yahoogroups. <mailto:OPD% 40yahoogroups. com> com on behalf of
      Christopher Waters
      Sent: Tue 8/5/2008 11:11 AM
      To: OPD@yahoogroups. <mailto:OPD% 40yahoogroups. com> com
      Subject: Re: [OPD] Waste management (Piedmont Ave.)

      The City Council's decision to extend Waste Management's no-bid contract
      with the City of Oakland slapped them (and all of us) in the face last year
      during the Waste Management labor lockout when only the wealthiest parts of
      town were getting their garbage picked up by scabs. There are good,
      reputable, green, local companies like Norcal Waste Systems
      <http://www.norcalwa <http://www.norcalwa ste.com/> ste.com/> who have been
      attempting for years to get the
      City of Oakland to entertain their bid for servicing our city. I have been
      using Norcal's subsidiary, Golden Gate Disposal & Recycling, for my
      commercial composting service at Nomad Cafe for five years, and have had
      nothing but the best experience with them. 

      Christopher Waters

      On Aug 5, 2008, at 8:11 AM, sequoia49 wrote:

      From yesterdays untitled post. Sanjiv Handa wrote-"That is trash
      generated by the Waste Management garbage collectors, who empty the
      metal cans inside the street receptacles, but often dump overflow on
      the street (check Peet's or Gaylord's around 5:30 any morning!)"

      My experience with Waste Management this is true everywhere they go,
      including residentiel areas. This never happened when it was Oakland
      Scavanger and they had to actually walk into our back yards. Also in
      San Francisco, all the trucks carry a broom amd dust pan to clean up



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