Curbside trash pickup may begin by end of month

EAST LIVERPOOL– A new curbside trash pickup program could be under way as soon as month’s end, City Council’s utilities committee learned Tuesday.

Service-Safety Director Brian Allen reported on the program during the committee’s meeting, saying the new truck purchased for the program is ready for delivery.

The Class A CDL driver position has been posted in-house for five to 10 days, and Allen said, although he expects someone in the union will take the job, it will be offered to the public if not.

He said negotiations recently held with the union resulted in an additional 25 cents per hour, or $17.43 per hour for the position compared to the existing Class B CDL drivers at $17.18.

Once a driver is hired and the truck delivered, training will be provided by the company from which it was purchased, which was included in the cost.

Allen said once training is complete, a letter will be sent to customers, outlining the scope of the curbside pickup program, adding that he decided pickups will be arranged by request the first six months, rather than on the regular route schedule, since he anticipates people will initially leave large amounts of items which could cause the driver to get off schedule.

Although not certain when the program will start, depending upon training of the driver, Allen said his goal is to have it up and running by the end of January.

Customers are paying an additional $5 per month fee on their trash bills to pay for this service, including the cost of the truck, salary of the driver and landfill costs.

Asked by committee Chairman Tom Cunningham if he intends to re-implement the recycling program which he halted last year, Allen said once the street department completes its move to the former Riverview property, he plans on acquiring a second compactor for just recyclables.

The cost would be about $10,000 for a used compactor, with an additional $2,000 to $3,000 needed to install the electricity for its operation, Allen reported.

He is working with the three-county solid waste district to find a facility to accept the recyclables, telling the committee, “It’s definitely in my long-time plans. My goal for 2018 is to have the program back in place.”

Allen said he also wants to look at a leaf collection program in the fall.

He said the additional $5 fee residents are now paying “should cover all of it,” adding, “Refuse and Recycling is financially sound, and our plan is to keep it that way.”