New trash collection plan unveiled

EAST LIVERPOOL — City residents could be seeing a new trash collection service with a new plan being proposed by Service-Safety Director Brian Allen, who says it can save money and keep city employees working.

Allen unveiled plans for the new program at the recent utilities committee meeting.

Under the plan, the city will distribute 90-gallon trash cans to residents, with legislation mandating one such can per household to be emptied weekly. Residents would be limited to using only that receptacle, no longer being allowed to set out loose bags or other cans, unless they make arrangements to purchase additional receptacles from the city, Allen said.

As part of the plan, the city will purchase one new collection truck and one roll-off garbage haul truck to transport garbage to the landfill. In addition, the city would purchase a new garbage/recycling truck.

Allen told the committee the smaller trucks will result in less damage to city streets and alleyways and may not require drivers to hold CDL certification.

This plan will not reduce the work force since laborers will still be needed to bring cans to the truck, he emphasized.

The new plan will not cost residents anything more for their trash service, Allen said.

Currently, the city pays Dailey’s Refuse and Recycling to haul its waste to the landfill, paying $195 for each box the hauler picks up and $29.50 per ton to bury it at the landfill. In 2017, the city buried a total of 4,592 tons of municipal waste at a cost of $195,985.74.

According to Allen’s calculations, the total cost of the project will be $536,988, with $246,850 of that for the trash and recycling tote bins; $120,186 for the collection truck; and $169,952 for the haul truck.

Purchasing a haul truck will allow the city to haul not only its recyclables to a processing plant but its garbage directly to the landfill, saving about $90,000 annually, or $30,000 after labor costs.

He said savings from the city hauling its own trash should result in sufficient funds to satisfy the vehicle loans, with three specific sources of funding to be utilized for the purchases: Financing $290,138 of the cost and using $246,850 from cash reserves in the R&I Fund.

Currently, city workers collect the trash in large trucks, take it back to the transfer station located at the Car Barn in East End, where it is compacted then picked up by Dailey’s for transport to their facility, where it is sorted then transported to the landfill.

Allen said under the new plan, city workers will still take the trash to the transfer station for compaction but then will transport the trash to the landfill themselves, eliminating the need for Dailey’s, and that cost.

“Why not let city workers do the work?” Allen asked.

Although council has not yet ordered any legislation prepared for the new plan, Allen said it will require ordinances to purchase the equipment and also to establish rules, including limiting households to using just the city-issued receptacles.

He expects more discussion on the issue at future utilities committee meetings.