City of Cleveland seeks proposals for long-term, sustainable solutions to waste management

The City of Cleveland Department of Public Works has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a long-term waste management solution for the City of Cleveland. The RFP is soliciting proposals from qualified firms interested in proposing to design, build, own and operate a Waste Reduction and Recycling (WR&R) Project for the City of Cleveland.

4-30-14 Waste Reduction Recycling RFP

Proposals are due on June 12, 2014, after which the City will evaluate the proposals and plans to finalize a selection in early September of this year. Legislation required for the project will be subject to review and approval by Cleveland City Council.


“With this RFP, we are seeking to increase our recycling rates, reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill and do so in a way that is sustainable and economically beneficial to the City and our residents,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “It is an effort that helps the City move forward towards our Zero Waste goals.”

The RFP outlines the scope of services to include design, permitting, financing, operating and maintaining the WR&R project. The service contract in the RFP seeks to require all proposals to agree to a full 30-year term of operation with two, 10-year renewable options at the City’s discretion.

The successful proposer will:

  • Receive waste collection from residents and commercial businesses in the City as part of Municipal Solid Waste Collection (MSW) activities. Additional MSW may be received from other communities in the region;
  • Manage and process the waste received from the City’s MSW collection to recover recyclables not collected in the City’s curbside recycling program and possibly use other processes for organic materials;
  • Produce MSW engineered fuel to be sold as a coal substitute to Cleveland Thermal a local company that supplies steam to the City, County and other downtown businesses, as a long term purchaser of the municipal solid-waste engineered fuel produced by the project; and,
  • Design and operate in such a manner as to provide for public tours for educational purposes.

“Our goal is to find a solution to provide the highest quality of services to our city,” said Council President Kevin Kelley. “Council looks forward to working with the administration to find a long-term waste management solution that will create a greener city that is not only healthy for the environment, but for our residents.”

The RFP is designed to work in concert with the ongoing expansion of automated waste collection and curbside recycling pickup, efforts to improve recycling habits by residents, and the city’s Climate Action Plan.

The City of Cleveland entered into a professional services contract with Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) for assistance with this project. The GBB Project Team helped draft the RFP and define the proposed system, which includes: waste stream quantities and characteristics; waste collection system; existing and proposed waste reduction and recycling programs; site(s) available for a proposed system; acceptable technologies and approaches; performance standards; and, ownership options. The team will also assist the City during the procurement process, the evaluation of proposals and contract negotiations. Joining GBB for this assignment is Ohio-based GT Environmental, Inc.

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, contact: John Carlton, P.E., BCEE, Senior Vice President, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. at (800) 573-5801 or

About Daniel Williams

City of Cleveland, Ohio, Director of Media Relations

3 thoughts on “City of Cleveland seeks proposals for long-term, sustainable solutions to waste management

  1. It might help if the rest of Cleveland was given the new garbage cans. We have been paying for garbage pickup through the water and sewer bills for over 2 years and still have not got the cans.

  2. That was a great move, long term waste management helps in reducing waste in each city. Zero waste concept which mainly focuses on guiding people to change their lifestyle and make a possible move to natural cycle. City of Cleveland is very much focussed on this aspect and they are going to increase the recycling rates by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. I hope this long term waste management makes a change in whole city.

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