City Commission Approves New Franchise Agreements for Solid Waste, Recycling, and Bulk Waste Collection Service

On January 9, 2024, the City Commission approved a franchise agreement with Coastal Waste & Recycling of Florida, Inc. for commercial and residential solid waste and recycling hauling services. Coastal Waste & Recycling of Florida, Inc.'s submitted bid for residential collection is approximately 21% less than the existing collector's residential cost. With this approval, Coastal Waste & Recycling of Florida, Inc. will begin servicing solid waste and recycling on April 1, 2024.

Similarly, during the January 9 City Commission Regular Meeting, a franchise agreement with Eastern Waste Systems, Inc. for bulk waste/trash and bulk yard waste collection services was approved. Eastern Waste System, Inc. is familiar with Cooper City's needs due to servicing bulk waste as a subcontractor under the current contract with Waste Management of Florida, Inc. With this approval, Eastern Waste System, Inc. will begin servicing bulk waste/trash and bulk yard waste collection services, under its own agreement, on April 1, 2024.

Since January 23, 2001, Cooper City has had a collection services agreement with Waste Management Inc. of Florida providing for the collection and hauling of commercial and residential municipal solid waste (MSW), residential bulk, and recycling, and Rolloff services. The seventh amendment to this agreement was executed on August 24, 2023 and provided for a limited six-month extension of the services agreement. This agreement with Waste Management Inc. of Florida expires on March 31, 2024. Due to the current agreement’s upcoming expiration, Request for Proposal (RFP) 2023-2-PW was issued September 29, 2023 to competitively bid these services with the changes/additions to the current service levels/contractual requirements including:

  • City to assume responsibility for actual residential MSW and bulk disposal costs.
  • Proposers asked to identify their fees for all services for years 1 through 7 of the initial contract term.
  • Franchise fees (12%) to apply to all charges, including billed disposal.
  • Customer service specifications including multi-lingual call center, web platforms and reporting tools.
  • Administrative charges to apply to critical service measures.
  • $120,000 annual payment to support Solid Waste Coordinator position to be created.
  • Increase in annual scholarship payment from $5,000 to $10,000 per year.
  • Multi-family properties to be billed as single-family properties eliminating additional costs and invoicing to the City.
  • Emergency debris services included for bulk (as needed).
  • Extra services upon request for bulk customers.
  • Exploration of bulk serviced at current levels, once monthly on Mondays, once every other month at 10cy per collection and once quarterly at 15cy per collection.


The RFP closed October 23, 2023 receiving a total of four proposals from the following qualified vendors: Coastal Waste & Recycling, Inc., Eastern Waste System, Inc., Waste Management Inc. of Florida, and Waste Pro of Florida, Inc. An evaluation committee convened for a total of three meetings to thoroughly assess the proposals and on November 3, 2023, the committee short-listed the following three proposers:  Coastal Waste & Recycling, Inc., Eastern Waste System, Inc., and Waste Management Inc. of Florida. These three vendors were invited to provide formal presentations and question-and-answer sessions on November 8, 2023, specifically addressing services related to MSW, Recycling, and Bulk Waste. Coastal Waste & Recycling and Waste Management Inc. of Florida were identified as the two finalists for MSW, recycling and Rolloff services (Eastern Waste Systems, Inc. only submitted a proposal for bulk waste services). During this meeting, the evaluation committee determined that it was in the best interest of the City to request proposers submit their “Best and Final Offers” in accordance with Sec. 2-256(3)(g) of the City Code. These were received on Monday, November 13, 2023 by all proposers. The evaluation committee reconvened on November 14, 2023 for a final meeting to assess the “Best and Final Offers,” conduct a final evaluation and ranking, and voted to recommend the separate award of a contract for commercial and residential MSW, recycling, and Rolloff services to Coastal Waste & Recycling, Inc and for bulk services to Eastern Waste Systems, Inc. 

In preparing for this transition, residents may have questions about services and the monthly rate for residential collection and disposal. For more information, please see our page with frequently asked questions.