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Public input sought on trash, recycling report

Meeting scheduled for Thursday at City Hall

Members of the city's Solid Waste Task Force follow a trash truck on Villo Woods Court, Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The task force took a tour of Lawrence's trash and recycling processes to learn more about solid waste operations.

Members of the city's Solid Waste Task Force follow a trash truck on Villo Woods Court, Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The task force took a tour of Lawrence's trash and recycling processes to learn more about solid waste operations.

January 18, 2012

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Thursday will be trash day for everybody in Lawrence.

City leaders are hosting a public input session at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall to hear comments about a draft report that makes multiple recommendations about how to change the city’s trash and recycling systems.

Completion of the draft report is the most significant step yet in the effort by city commissioners to overhaul the city’s trash system, which in years past has operated at a loss and has created questions about its lack of a city-run curbside recycling program.

The report, crafted by the city’s Solid Waste Task Force, will be delivered to city commissioners, who will make the final decision about any changes to the trash system.

Among the major recommendations in the report:

• Mandatory usage of carts for both trash and recycling. The city would provide two carts to every single-family household. One would be for recycling and one would be for trash. The carts would be compatible with hydraulic lifts on the city’s trash trucks, reducing workers’ compensation costs. The report also leaves open the possibility that the city could switch to fully automated trucks that would reduce the number of crew members on a trash truck from three to one.

• The city solicited proposals from private companies to run a new citywide curbside recycling program. The report recommends that a new curbside recycling program be created but recognizes it must be fiscally feasible. The report recommends any curbside service be offered on a weekly basis.

• Residents would be required to pay for the curbside recycling service, regardless of whether they choose to use the service. The curbside service simply would be included as part of the city’s standard monthly trash rate. The report doesn’t predict how much curbside recycling may add to a resident’s monthly trash bill. Mayor Aron Cromwell, chairman of the task force, previously has said he’s confident total monthly trash bills will be less than $20 per month under any new service.

• Sets a goal of a 50 percent recycling rate for the community by 2020. The city’s current recycling rate isn’t known. The last rate compiled by the city showed it was 34 percent, although that calculation is several years old and the city auditor has questioned the method used for figuring recycling totals.

Residents of apartment complexes largely will have to wait and see what changes may be in store for their trash service. The report does not provide many recommendations for multifamily or commercial trash service, but said changes to the system are possible in the future.

The full draft report can be viewed on the city’s website.

Comments

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 6 months ago

Completion of the draft report is the most significant step yet in the effort by city commissioners to overhaul the city’s trash system, which in years past has operated at a loss and has created questions about its lack of a city-run curbside recycling program.

Hmmm..... wonder if employees worked 8 hour shifts if that would help?

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sundowner 2 years, 6 months ago

You should be more concerned with the City giving away money to every social cause in town rather than the santitation workers putting in 8 hours a day without a lunch break.

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justsayno 2 years, 6 months ago

It would probably be a lot better if you did a little research before you lecture someone else. It was common practice for several to work 4 hour days on trash pickup services. Would getting off 4 hours earlier be a nice lunch break for you? I saw this happening almost daily for many years. Then you might want to try observing the gas station in North Lawrence and watch the trash trucks sitting there for 15-30 minutes most days. They are getting food and sitting around eating. Is that a lunch or break? I assume that you have a relationship with someone at the sanitation department and don't mind paying a little extra because you are receiving a significant return. Some of the rest of us are on limited incomes and can't afford the extra outgoing of our small income.

But I will agree in one instance with you. City, county, state and federal governments are too insistant on doling out our money for poor reasons and this is another one of them. For over forty years I was required to give 8 hours of work for 8 hours of pay.

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sundowner 2 years, 6 months ago

I am sorry if you thought I was lecturing. I know that a few years ago the crews were getting off early, but my understanding is that has pretty much stopped. If you see them taking longer than 15 minutes for a break you should tell their supervisors. What did you mean by the remark that I must have a relationship with someone at the dept. & don't mind paying a little extra to receive a significant return? Oh, BTW, I too live on a limited income.

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Stain 2 years, 6 months ago

Sanitation is a CITY SERVICE. It does not have to operate at break-even. What kind of nonsense is this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They don't run a trash service for the trash-disposing convenience of individual citizens. We have a sanitation system to keep the city clean.

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Eric Neuteboom 2 years, 6 months ago

Exactly. No glass is a terrible idea. And have you noticed how difficult it's been lately to recycle glass around town?

Cromwell is a moron for pushing this half-baked plan through. I like how they talk about the mandatory carts being used too, because they're compatible with the hydraulic lifts on trash trucks...new trucks that is, that have yet to be purchased. This is going to cost us all a lot more in the long run than an extra 5 bucks a month.

And don't be mistaken, I'm fully in support of mandatory recycling, but this entire plan and system is way off base.

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Cathy Tarr 2 years, 6 months ago

People forced to have trash bins in order to buy expensive trucks and lay off workers - reducing each truck from 3 to two and lowering compensation. Screw the employee, purchase needless equipment, try to force people to do something that they won't do because they are being forced, not pick up glass...sounds like another stupid Lawrence (it's my turn to be mayor) government.

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melott 2 years, 6 months ago

Be sure to attend public comment time or post a comment on their website. They may ignore public opinion, or not, but for sure only commenting here will guarantee they will ignore it.

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FlintlockRifle 2 years, 6 months ago

Will see what to do at student apartments,huh. Who generates the most trash, grandma & grandpa on fixed income or the party bunch??? Come on city staff, get your head on straight.

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Clara Westphal 2 years, 6 months ago

I am 82 and live alone. I can drag a bag to the curb but I cannot handle a cart of any kind.

It seems everytime the commission does something, it leaves someone without a job.

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tomatogrower 2 years, 6 months ago

Dragging a bag is more difficult than rolling a cart? The cart is almost like a walker. We have one and it's so much easier. Dragging a bag leads to a bag breaking.

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LHS56 2 years, 6 months ago

Single nester with a trash compactor in house. Usually we have 1/2 of a container every other week to be picked up. We take our recycle material to Walmart. Why do I want two huge containers that will take a parking space in the garage and pay extra for service I don't need? I think the City Commission should be honest with the taxpayers and explain that by adding the carts, etc., we will eliminate x amount of jobs saving the City x dollars per year. (I would enjoy reviewing this calculation. It seems Mike A. is the only one looking out for the "little guy" or the people on fixed income.)

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gl0ck0wn3r 2 years, 6 months ago

Lolz Routh or consequences ftw

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Stain 2 years, 6 months ago

Anything involving Deffenbaugh will be bad for the citizens. Read the reviews of their service in the Kansas City area. They are universally despised.

It's ridiculous to make people who don't generate much trash keep two carts.

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Stain 2 years, 6 months ago

This is going to cost MORE money, and it is going to kill jobs.

Nothing was broken. There was nothing to fix. The city could well have left the trash service alone.

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beaujackson 2 years, 6 months ago

Expect more trash to be dumped along roads - maybe even in town.

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Alceste 2 years, 6 months ago

This "meeting" is after the fact: These appointed political hacks already know what they're going to do: They're not interested in "input". Don't waste your time. Bizzness as usual in Lawrence, Kansas.

Remember who appointed these rubes on this cmte.: Also find out for yourselves their own "personal wealth(s)" by discovering the value of the homes they all live in: All but two live in homes valued in excess in $200k: That would $400k+ on the Right or Left coast....more in Colorado......shrug

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friendlyjhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

This pictures looks like the zombies are taking their morning stroll. You know, the zombies in Lawrence that want to suck the dollars out of everyone!

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brink75 2 years, 6 months ago

Mandatory carts? Screw that. Not enough room in the garage, and what an eyesore two carts parked outside will be.

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patkindle 2 years, 6 months ago

lets make sure everyone else stays home and let the tree huggers and the liverals have thier way with the city council that way everyone else can sit back and whine after the fact, and we all have two barrels to pay for

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