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Council to Review Bulk Trash Pilot Study Results

On January 28, 2020, the Mayor and Council adopted Ordinance 20-O-02 to amend City Code Chapter 119, “Refuse, Solid Waste and Special Trash” and Chapter 110, “Fees and Penalties.” The amendments changed how bulky trash is collected; set fees for collections of an excess number of items; and set penalties for violations.

According to the Ordinance, for a single-family, owner-occupied residence: Up to four bulky refuse collections per calendar year, with a maximum total of 20 bulky refuse items, will be free of charge to the resident. For quantities and/or frequency more than stated above, a $20 collection fee per item over the allowable number of items will be imposed. The Ordinance 20-O-02 also asked for one year, the charge for bulk trash items will be waived, and will not be assessed until further action of the Mayor and Council. During the one-year period, the City will develop a billing system to track collections of bulk trash by the property, gather additional data with respect to bulk trash, and notify owners of the number of bulk trash items collected from their property and the charge, if any, that would have been assessed if the fee were in effect.

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Department of Public Works will provide the results of the one-year pilot program on Bulk Trash. The pilot period ran from March 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021. During this time, the Department of Public Works collected data on the number of collections and number of items called in per property address. Please see the key results of the collected data in the graphics. At tomorrow’s meeting, the Mayor and Council will review the results and will determine if it now should terminate the fee waiver.

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