In March of 2005, the City and Goodwill entered into a pilot partnership Agreement for the collection, reuse, recycling, and disposal services of electronic wastes (excluding televisions) at no cost to the City. The original term was for one year plus two one-year renewal option periods. In July 2007, an amendment was made to this agreement to test the feasibility of including computer monitors and televisions at no cost. Due to the decline of the electronic recycling markets and increasing processing and disposal costs of electronic waste (including monitors and televisions), the test concluded that there was an excessive cost to Goodwill for continuing to accept the electronic waste stream. However, Goodwill and the City desire to continue this partnership Agreement under the same terms of the previous Agreement, with the exception that Goodwill will operate an Attended Donation Center (ADC) to divert additional bulk waste materials from disposal and charge the City a processing fee for used televisions and monitors to cover their cost to manage waste televisions/monitors. The modified ADC and Electronic Waste Program was one of the 20 Year Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan action items to be advanced for increased diversion rates and safe environmental practices. Upon approval, a joint marketing and promotional campaign will begin to help city wide awareness and increase the volumes and materials that will be diverted from the City's Southeast Landfill and extend the site's capacity.
On June 21, 2016, the City and Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc. amended the contract to provide the operations of the ADC and processing electronic waste to the residents of Fort Worth at an estimated amount of $49,500.00 to cover fees through April 2017. The number of computer monitors and televisions processed has exceeded the initial expectations and an additional $49,750.00 is needed to fund the program until the end of the current contract term or until the award of a contract through a formal Request for Proposal (RFP). Currently, the Code Compliance and Purchasing Departments are preparing to release an RFP in the coming weeks to award a three-year contract for these services.
The RFP services to be included are:
1. The staffing of four ADC locations (one at each City Drop Off Station facilities) throughout Fort Worth for the collection of acceptable, reusable donation-based materials and electronic waste (e-waste) dropped off by residents of the City;
2. Supplying enclosed containers to the City for use at the City Drop Off Stations to temporarily store donation-based materials and e-waste items dropped off by residents of the City; and
3. The assessment, sorting and distribution of e-waste items as (a) useable parts; (b) items to be refurbished; (c) items to be recycled; and (d) other appropriate disposition.
All reusable donation-based materials and e-waste items will be refurbished and offered for sale in one of Goodwill's resale facilities. All e-waste recycled or disposed of will be handled in an environmentally correct and safe manner.
This Agreement will allow the City to have a year round donation-based and e-waste program at all four City Drop Off Stations. It will also enable many reusable and e-waste items to be returned to usable condition and re-sold in the community.