Costs & Services - Making Comparisons
A detailed scope-of-work and a competitive bid process can be a valuable tool to help you make your contractor selection. Specify how you want bidders to detail costs, specifically the unit/cost you want to see (for example, $/gallon, or $/pound). A request-for-bid process with a clear, detailed scope of work can help you get bids that are comparable.
Make sure you are “comparing apples to apples.” For example if you compare the waste management cost of a permitted TSDF against a conditionally exempt recycling facility you may be overlooking the higher costs and of financial assurance provided by the TSDF. On the other hand, using an exempt recycler may help you earn valuable recycling credits against the hazardous waste fee assessment. “Tease out” these hidden costs or benefits and consider them.
Think about whether a cost quote includes additional services such as waste designation and testing. One bidder may assume this type of regulatory assistance is not needed only to charge for the extra costs later if it needs to be done.
Put all your expectations for costs/services, compliance record, and financial assurance in your scope of work.
Copyright © Washington State Department of Ecology. See http://www.ecy.wa.gov/copyright.htm