DUBLIN'S bin wars have been reignited after Greyhound Recycling dramatically landed a lucrative €2m city council contract.
The company will now collect rubbish from the 212 council-run flat complexes following a highly competitive tendering process involving rival firms City Bin and Greenstar.
The Herald can reveal that Greyhound was awarded the contract this month – despite its own bid being ranked behind those submitted by its rivals.
City Bin's bid for the contract was initially ranked first in the tendering process, however, after weeks of negotiations the firm was deemed to have been "unable to comply with the terms of the competition".
Waste company Greenstar, which entered receivership last year, also dropped out of the race after high-level talks.
This left Greyhound as the only remaining firm in the tendering process and the company was awarded the contract.
Greyhound's CEO Michael Buckley accused City Bin of making an "embarrassing withdrawal" from the process.
"Greyhound presented a robust proposal that offered Dublin City Council the best value and service in the market. Its recognition of our ability to deliver on both counts is a vote of confidence in the company," he said.
However, City Bin rejected the claim and said that it remained on a "tendering framework" which allows it to bid for the contract after 12 months.
"The City Bin Co is delighted to have been shortlisted in the tender. Since December last, we have focused all of our resources on delivering great service and value to tens of thousands of Dublin residents. The City Bin Co has certainly not withdrawn and, indeed, we hope the council's residents will be able to avail of the same great service and value soon," said managing director Niall Killea.
The contract itself relates to the collection of waste from 11,543 city council tenants over a 12-month period.
The service was taken over by Greyhound Recycling on an "interim basis" last January after it bought the domestic waste contract for an undisclosed fee.
A council spokeswoman said that Greyhound was the only company to "meet all the criteria under the tendering process".
She said: "Three tenderers were placed on a framework for the collection. Two were unable to comply with the terms of the competition."