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Aylmer replaces contractor for bulk waste collection

Aylmer will move forward with the fall bulk waste collection with a different contractor than usual.

Antonissen Trucking Inc., who usually conducts the collection, sent in a request dated Sept. 2 to Aylmer Mayor Mary French to opt out of the event this year due to COVID-19.

“Our company has been very successful of not contracting the virus during this pandemic and would like to keep it this way,” wrote company President Kelly Antonissen.

After receiving the request, the town’s operations director Rob Johnson contacted a subcontractor used by the original contractor, Waterford-based Norfolk Disposal Services Limited, to see if they would be interested in doing the work.

Bernie Debono, general manager of Norfolk Disposal, agreed and sent in an hourly rate per vehicle of $135, and $75 disposal rate per metric tonne at the company’s transfer station in Waterford.

“I’m confident in the pricing they gave back to us that it’s at market value,” said Mr. Johnson to council members during a virtual meeting on Monday, Sept. 21.

In 2019, the contract was paid based on a vehicle hourly rate, rather than a per tonne or per stop price. Tipping fees were paid separately. The hours per vehicle each day range from 7-12 hours, with 9.5 hours per day being the average.

Three trucks were required each day to complete the work. About 80 tonnes was collected in total, generally split 20 tonnes per day.

The other option provided in the report was to cancel the event. Councillor Arthur Oslach and Cr. Pete Barbour praised the decision to move forward with an alternate service provider.

“I’m glad that there’s an alternative rather than the outright cancellation,” said Cr. Pete Barbour. “Many people in town take full advantage of the service.”

The bulk curbside collection is scheduled from Oct. 13

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