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Burrtec to lay off 10 Barstow employees

$16.7 million county trash contract awarded to Athens Services


BARSTOW • Burrtec Waste Industries will lay off 10 workers in Barstow in response to the San Bernardino County’s garbage contract being awarded to Athens Services.

About 125 workers across the county are expected to be laid off by June 30, according to Burrtec’s Director of Human Resources Leticia Alvarado.

However, Alvarado said Burrtec is working closely with Athens and they expect most of the employees will be rehired by the new contractor in their same positions.

“We don’t have positions for them so obviously we can’t keep them,” Alvarado said. “They’re a great group of employees. (Athens) will be crazy not to hire them because they’ve been absolutely fabulous working for Burrtec.”

Athens Chief Operating Officer Gary Clifford confirmed that his company would interview every employee interested in maintaining their current position at the county sites with the intent of hiring them.

“We expect it will be business as usual and it’s certainly in our interest to do the least amount of disruption as possible,” Clifford said.

The county board of supervisors approved a contract on April 23 with Athens Services for the operation and maintenance of its five active landfills and nine transfer stations for a 10-year term beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2023. The board approved Athens' contract for a base annual cost of about $16.7 million.

Athens was awarded the contract because they proposed the lowest net annual cost to the county, offering $6 million the first year with $362,000 each year thereafter. Burrtec proposed $9.5 million for its first year net annual cost, and Waste Management offered $12.7 million.

According to a county staff report by Gerry Newcombe, director of the Department of Public Works, Athens also proposed to import 800,000 tons of solid waste per year, bringing the county's potential gross revenue to about $14.8 million for the current fiscal year and approximately $22.3 million per year afterward.

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