Board of Directors Regular Meeting Agenda

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Meeting Date: 01/15/2020  

Receive, consider and act upon a renewal notice to Simple Recycling for the service agreement for residential curbside collection of textile recycling (C-2016-0599);
There is no cost to the Township for this service. The Township receives $20 per ton from Simple Recycling for the textile material collected in the Township. Projected annual revenue is approximately $1,500.
Simple Recycling is an Ohio-based company that operates in 10 states and in over 50 cities and towns in Texas. Per the service agreement which was executed in 2016 (Attachment A), Simple Recycling performs weekly unlimited collection of textiles and small home goods from all single-family residences in The Woodlands Township, following the same weekly collection schedule as Waste Management. Simple Recycling sells all collected goods. Buyers recycle the unusable material and re-sell the usable material through regional, national and international markets.

Operations began July 31, 2017. Over the ensuing 29 months, Simple Recycling has made over 24,000 individual pickups, collecting over 181 tons of material. Service quality has been excellent. Township staff has recorded 32 missed collections over this time period - a 99.9% service success rate. Waste Management has reported no conflicts with Simple Recycling.  

Over 85% of textiles are land filled in the United States, comprising 5% of all landfill space (EPA). To address this problem and to serve Focus Area 7.2.5 of The Woodlands Township Strategic Plan – “Expand recycling stream” the Board approved a 3-year service agreement with Simple Recycling effective April 1, 2017.

The Service Agreement, which expires on April 30, 2020, calls for a written notice of desire to renew ninety (90) days prior to the expiration of the Initial Term. This date, December 31, 2019, has passed; however, Simple Recycling has indicated their desire to extend the agreement. Therefore, the Board can approve the issuance of an intent to renew, which would permit the negotiation of an extension.  At this time, there are no other known local alternate providers of free curbside textile recycling in our region.
Approve the issuance of a renewal notice to Simple Recycling and authorize staff to work with Simple Recycling on an extension agreement, and return to the Board for final consideration prior to April 1, 2020.
Attachment A - Simple Recycling Services Agreement


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