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Manteca reduces costs for handling city garbage
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The cost of burying Manteca’s garbage at Forward Inc.’s landfill on North Austin Road won’t be increasing.

The firm is offering the City of Manteca a two-year contract extension at the current rate with no adjustment for inflation. The end result will be a savings of 3 to 6 percent each year.

The contract comes on the heels of another money-saving contract inked with Forward Inc. in July for accepting the city’s glass, cans, newspapers, cardboard, and such.

It was a five-year deal for processing and disposing of co-mingled recyclables. The rate that the firm pays for each ton of recyclables was unchanged at $36. The big savings, though, comes with Forward Inc.’s willingness to haul the recyclables after they are taken by city collection trucks to their landfill operation on Austin Road to a processing facility they own in Fremont at no additional charge. Forward Inc. had been charging $50 per load for that service.

Manteca received $140,852 in payment for recycled materials during the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Lathrop-based Harvest Power California in July inked a three-year contract with the city to process green waste. The city was paying $19.31 per ton to have green waste taken from them and recycled. The new rate is $19.25 a ton.

Manteca spent $214,078 in the 2011-12 fiscal year for green waste disposal.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St. to consider the proposed two-year contract for Forward Inc, to accept Manteca’s garbage.