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Massena switching sludge haulers, saving $50,000 per year

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MASSENA — By switching sludge haulers from the Rochester-based We Care Organics to Potsdam-based Casella Waste Services, the village of Massena will see savings of more than $50,000 per year, according to the Department of Public Works superintendent.

The village board voted Wednesday night to accept Casella’s bid to haul its sludge for $79.59 per ton starting on Jan. 1.

We Care Organics offered the town a rate of $122.65 per ton.

Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad said the reason for such discrepancy is simply transportation costs, noting We Care Organics was hauling their sludge to a facility near Rochester, while Casella has its own processing facility in Chateaugay.

“Casella really stepped up to the plate,” Mr. Fayad said, explaining the RFP asked for a five-year projection of sludge hauling rates.

“A five year time frame was requested and substantial savings will be realized,” he wrote in a memo to village board members.

Over the five-year life of the agreement, the village will save $268,745.63.

According to Mr. Fayad’s bid analysis and based on the village’s current rate of 1,200 tons per year, the village will see savings of $51,670 in 2014, $52,697.60 in 2015, $53,729.07 in 2016, $54,787.59 in 2017 and $55,861.31 in 2017.

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