"We played nice," said Mike Durfor, executive director of NRRA.
But Durfor, along with Good Point president Robin Ingenthron, reconsidered when they saw the contract the agency signed with Casella Waste Management.
: "When we saw this, we said, 'Wait a minute!'"
In addition to the financial arrangements that raised Durfor
and Ingenthron's hackles, Casella's primary recycling subcontractor gave them pause.
The day before the Casella contract took effect on Oct. 1, Durfor
filed civil suit in Vermont Superior Court in Barre, charging that ANR
had violated procurement standards and contradicted the agency's own bidding standards.
But if Good Point
did all the work, the collectors didn't earn a dime, and that was OK with them, Durfor
But if the price were a deal-breaker, Durfor
said they offered, they'd do the job for 28 cents per pound and re-establish the 5 cent guarantee.
The MOUs were not binding, but Durfor
thinks their responsiveness speaks well for NRRA
and Good Point
were only to collect one million pounds, Durfor
figured, they would get 72 cents per pound.
"That's a very cost-effective pound on their side," Durfor