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City releases RFI for program to reduce food and yard waste

July 8, 2019

Public Works

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The program would reduce the amount of food and yard waste that residents currently dispose of with their trash.

The City of Boston is seeking information from interested parties for a potential large-scale program that would reduce the amount of food and yard waste that residents currently dispose of with their trash for weekly curbside collection. Respondents should focus on how their recommendations would decrease food waste, create cost savings for the City, decrease environmental impacts and support the City’s goals to go carbon neutral by 2050.

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to narrow respondents’ scope by asking them to focus on how the City can reduce the amount of organics (food and yard waste) that is disposed of through weekly curbside trash collection. This RFI is looking for respondents to consider short term (2019-2024) solutions to this problem while considering the effectiveness of increasing the City’s composting services, increasing the usage of garbage disposals and rolling out a large scale communications plan to educate residents how to better utilize these systems and how they can contribute to improving the environmental health of the City. We are also asking respondents to look at this problem and provide recommended solutions through a financial perspective in addition to environmental impacts.

While specific contracts are outside the scope of this solicitation, the City of Boston hopes to gain a comprehensive understanding of options currently available to reduce food and yard waste from ending up in incinerators. From this information, the City of Boston expects to confirm and narrow its interest in such an arrangement before proceeding with a full Request for Proposals (RFP) which respondents to this RFI can help shape, and therefore be in a stronger position when an RFP is published. Respondents are encouraged to provide creative solutions that maximize potential benefits and minimize financial risks to the City.

The response deadline is Wednesday, August 29, 2019, at 5 p.m. View the Request for Information to learn more:

Download the Request for Information