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GHC Reid awarded recycling project contract

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The Procurement Office has awarded G.H.C. Reid & Co. the contract for close to half a million dollars for the “Design & Implementation of a Recycling Program” project, which is funded with stimulus money from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

According to the request for proposals (RFP) issued May 4 that closed at 2 p.m. June 4, 2012, the local Department of Commerce (DOC) has performed a preliminary analysis of an island wide recycling educational campaign.

As winning bidder, G.H.C. will work with DOC and the ASG Territorial Energy Office to create both an educational recycling campaign and a recycling collection program. The contractor will also purchase the required equipment to implement the program, the RFP says.

Responding to Samoa News inquiries, acting chief procurement officer Sapi Ma’o-Ena said early this week that three proposals were received, all of them local companies, with the G.H.C. Reid awarded the contract on Aug. 6 for $464,019.

She confirmed that this is an ARRA funded project for the Territorial Energy Office.

According to the RFP, the contractor, will among other things, create the design of the recycling collection program; ship required recycling equipment to American Samoa; design an educational campaign and marketing program to continue increasing participation; and ship recycled material to appropriate markets.

Equipment required and purchased by the contractor for the project includes baler, glass pulverizer, forklift, two trucks, and collections Bins — 45 garbage cans to fit into 15 recycling bins, 3 cans per bin. The RFP made clear that this equipment is to be used exclusively for the recycling program.

To implement the recycling program, G.H.C. Reid is to launch the approved program and begin collection of specified recycled materials. Recycling bins and collection containers are to be built to specifications provided in the RFP.

Collection containers are sized to fit three regular sized garbage cans “for ease of use, and were designed to collect plastic, aluminum, and glass materials.”

The RFP outlines the locations of the 15 recycling collection bins — which includes the Executive Office Building (Utulei), Fagatogo Market Place, Pago Plaza, the American Samoa Community College and 10 public and private schools on Tutuila.



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