GID protests glass recycling contract

CIRA de CASTILLOTGI Staff Writer

LIHU’E — The county glass recycling program has hit another snag—this time in

the form of an administrative protest filed by unsuccessful bidder Garden

Island Disposal.

GID claims that the county, without reason or

justification, delayed the procurement process of the glass recycling contract,

including the best and final offer request, which resulted in undue prejudice

to the company.

Through attorney Trudy Senda, the disposal company

requested that no action on the contract, which has been offered to JC

Sandblasting, be taken until GID’s protest is resolved.

JC was offered the

$100,000 glass recycling contract on Feb. 2, but hasn’t signed a final contact

with the county. That will be put on hold until the administrative protest is

resolved.

The county has not had a glass recycling contract in place since

last April. During that time, GID, operators of the county’s recycling

contract, has been stockpiling glass at its facility.

According to the

company’s protest, by last November 300 tons of stockpiled glass had begun to

raise a public safety and health issue for the company.

The company then

decided to expend capital and construct a glass crushing facility.

According to Alvin Tadani, operations manager for GID, the company has invested

over $75,000 in its glass crushing operations.

He said GID plans to

continue processing the stockpiled glass, which Tadani says has reached over

500 tons.

The impact on JC Sandblasting is that GID will no longer have a

need for outside processing for the glass GID collects as part of the Kaua’i

Recycles Program.

Under the previous glass recycling contract, JC would pay

GID per tonnage of glass. That supply, says Tadani is no longer available as

GID is crushing all the glass they collect.

According to Tadani, whatever

glass comes in from the Kaua’i Recycles contract is GID’s responsibility and

they are processing the glass and developing an end product for commercial

use.

The administrative protest shows that GID notified the county in

December of its plans to begin on-site processing of glass.

In the past

GID was the main supplier of glass to JC.

Joanne Carvalho, speaking for JC,

said that the company has been contacted by many commercial businesses and

hotels and doesn’t anticipate problems in acquiring glass to fulfill their yet

unsigned contract.

“We will just have to work harder,” she said.

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