White Bear Lake Area Schools

White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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Background

White Bear Lake Area Schools, a K-12 public school district located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area, had a standard hauler contract for trash and recycling services that had been auto-renewing every 36 months for several years. The school district discovered numerous invoice errors and costs for trash and recycling services had increased significantly over time.

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Approach

The school district hired EcoConsilium to develop a district-wide best practices waste reduction, recycling and organics diversion program. As part of the project we crafted an innovative Request for Proposals and facilitated the evaluation of proposals received. We also oversaw the execution of a new hauler contract for municipal solid waste and single stream recycling services designed to financially reward the school district for waste reduced and recyclables and organics diverted from the waste stream.

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Results

The new contract features continuous optimization of hauler services, specific data reporting and invoicing requirements and improved hauler communications to manage service level changes, seasonal scheduling and extra pick up requests. The school district reduced its trash and recycling services costs by 40 percent and is positioned for additional savings.