McKinney City Council selected Frontier Waste Solutions and Balcones Recycling as the city’s new providers for trash and recycling collection, and recycling processing services at an Aug. 15 meeting.

McKinney city staff are working to execute contracts with companies following the decision by council to change providers for both services. The new providers are expected to begin service in October 2024, transitioning from the services being carried out by the current provider Waste Connections, according to city documents.

The gist

The city issued a request for proposals in late 2022 and received bids from four companies, according to a presentation by Assistant City Manager Steve Tilton. Of the four respondents, three submitted proposals for trash and recycling collection services including:
  • Frontier Waste Solutions
  • Republic Services
  • Waste Connections
The three companies that submitted proposals for recycling processing service were:
  • Balcones Recycling
  • Republic Services
  • Waste Connections
Balcones submitted two proposals, including seven-year and 15-year options.

The details

City staff recommended the selection of the two providers based on a scoring process that evaluated the company’s qualifications, financial history, proposed cost of service and more, Tilton said.

Frontier Waste Solutions’ seven-year proposal for trash collection services included an annual cost of just under $14.2 million with about $7.5 million in costs coming from residential collections and the remaining coming from commercial collections, according to the presentation. The proposed annual cost was nearly $3 million less than the proposal from Waste Connections and over $6 million less than the proposal from Republic Services.

The 15-year recycling service proposal from Balcones Recycling included an annual cost of about $824,000. Other proposals for this service ranged from $856,000 to nearly $1.1 million in annual cost, according to the presentation.

Both contracts include options to extend the total service period up to 25 years, Tilton said.

“For me as a consumer of this ... what matters to me [is] my service continues to be what it is for a better price and I get a better outcome,” Council Member Justin Beller said of the service proposals.

Also of note

Balcones Recycling plans to build a $60 million, 120,000-square-foot facility to serve McKinney and the surrounding areas, according to a news release.

The Austin-based company has not yet finalized a location for the new facility but expects to begin operations in spring 2026. Over 50 jobs are expected to be created as a result of the new facility.

“We’ve had operations in the area since the early ‘90s and are excited for the significant environmental and economic impact this state-of-the-art facility will bring to the North Texas community,” Balcones Resources President Adam Vehik said in the release.

Learn more

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