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County awards contracts to reopen landfill, haul trash

Contracts for the handling and hauling of waste and reopening of Sonoma County’s shuttered central landfill were given the go-ahead Tuesday by the county’s Board of Supervisors.

The contracts were awarded in June and authorized earlier this month but were on hold pending the approval of state water regulators and a local waste advisory group, both of which signed off last week.

Under the new two-year deals, Arizona-based Republic Services will be responsible for operating the landfill and disposing of about 60 percent, or 145,000 tons, of of the county’s annual 240,000 tons of waste. It will receive $4.13 million in the first year for the work, plus an additional $700,000 to acquire new permits for long-term operation of the landfill.

The locally-based Ratto Group of Companies will continue to operate four of the county’s five waste-transfer stations — the fifth, at the central landfill, is overseen by the county. The Ratto Group will also haul about 95,000 tons of local trash to a landfill in Solano County. It will be paid $7.47 million for the work.

Ratto’s current hauling and transfer station contract expires Aug. 31.

The total value of the contracts is $11.6 million, a slightly smaller amount than an alternative scenario that would have continued exporting all waste out of Sonoma County.

The new contracts are set to go into effect Sept. 1.

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