MERIDIAN — Hardin Sanitation, a waste collection company based in Payette, leased a 10,000-square-foot industrial site in Meridian, and plans to turn the facility there into a new home office for its upcoming contract with Ada County.
The facility used to be a truck accessories store that went out of business. District manager Michael Doyle said the two-story structure will now serve as a second home office for Hardin employees, and will act as a starting spot for the 14 garbage trucks that will service Ada County residents starting Oct. 1.
In May, Ada County commissioners unanimously voted to award a 10-year contract to Hardin, ending the county’s previous partnership with Republic Services, which contracts with most other cities and counties in the Treasure Valley.
Ada County Commissioner Kendra Kenyon said the contract with Hardin Sanitation would save county taxpayers around $6 million over 10 years — or $600,000 per year.
Hardin Sanitation is owned by Waste Connections, a multibillion-dollar waste management company based in Ontario, Canada, with locations all across the United States and Canada. In Idaho, in addition to Payette, Waste Connections operates in McCall, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Driggs.
Doyle said he is confident the Meridian office will be operational by Oct. 1, when the company’s contract with Ada County starts. Hardin officials were interested in expanding their business into Ada County because of the high growth rate.
“We’re excited to grow with the county,” he said.
Hardin will serve roughly 20,000 households and 600 commercial customers in Ada County, Doyle said. The new facility will add 20 new jobs to the area, he said, including truck drivers, mechanics and a customer service team.
Ada County is Hardin’s first Treasure Valley customer. For now, Doyle said Hardin is focused on making sure its transition into the county is smooth. Once the transition is made, he said the company is interested in expanding its service to neighboring cities.
This would again put Hardin in direct competition with Republic Services, which has contracts with most Ada County cities. Republic Services is a Fortune 500 company with revenues of more than $10 billion and with locations across the country.
Republic Services has donated over $700,000 over the past several years to many of the entities it contracts with, including Ada County. The money came from a federal tax credit for using natural gas engines, according to Republic Services business development manager Rachele Klein.
Doyle did not have a comment on the donations. Klein did not respond to requests for a comment on Hardin’s new facility.