Flower Hill OKs new garbage contract with Dejana Industries

Flower Hill OKs new garbage contract with Dejana Industries
Following much discussion, Flower Hill has approved a garbage contract with Dejana Industries. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

A new company will start picking up Village of Flower Hill residents’ garbage next month.

The village Board of Trustees recently voted to give a new sanitation and recycling contract to Manorhaven-based Dejana Industries in a change from the current vendor, Meadow Carting.

Dejana submitted the lowest responsible bid in response to a request for proposals that Flower Hill officials put out ahead of the expiration of the village’s current contract with Westbury-based Meadow.

The new pact with Dejana, which the Board of Trustees unanimously approved on May 3, will save Flower Hill taxpayers $900,000 over the term of the three-year contract compared with Meadow’s bid, village officials said.

“Dejana has committed that residents will continue to see the same level of service with some enhancements,” Mayor Brian Herrington said in a statement. “State law and the way the bids came in did not give us a lot of room to negotiate. We did our due diligence and I think this is the best outcome for our residents from a financial and a service perspective.”

Meadow will continue to serve Flower Hill residents until the new contract begins on June 1, village officials said. Trash and recycling will continue to be rear door service on the same three days a week that are currently scheduled after Dejana takes over.

Dejana’s trucks will have conspicuous separate containers on the front and sides of their vehicles for paper and plastic recycling, so there will be no mixing of regular garbage and recycling as had occurred at times in the past, according to the village.

“I want to thank Meadow Carting’s staff for their dedicated service to our residents. They will be missed,” Herrington said.

Flower Hill trustees unanimously approved the Dejana contract. Under New York State law, municipalities must put out any services contract worth more than $30,000 to a public bid and then accept the lowest responsible bid submitted.

With an increasing amount of garbage being moved off of Long Island and softening in the recycling market, expenses are continuing to rise.

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