Allentown Hauler Loses Bid To Reclaim City's Garbage Business

Date: August 29, 2002

Source: News Room

Solid Waste Services Inc., the city of Allentown, Pennsylvania's former trash hauler, has lost an appeal challenging the city's decision to award a two-year trash collection and recycling contract to Waste Management of Pennsylvania Inc., whose $12.7 million bid was lower than Solid Waste Services' offer. Earlier this year, Solid Waste Services, doing business as J.P. Mascaro & Sons, asked a Lehigh County judge to grant an injunction stopping the contract from being awarded. Pasquale Mascaro, president of J.P. Mascaro, said he believed the specifications prohibited bidders from using compaction-type vehicles for recyclables, which Waste Management and two other bidders use, giving them a possible unfair bidding advantage. But Commonwealth Court ruled that the city did not have a blanket prohibition against compaction vehicles, as long as they were not used to crush and render valueless collected recyclables.

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