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City to Hold Town Hall Meetings on Solid Waste Service Changes

Post Date:08/11/2017 3:13 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
August 11, 2017

Patti Jett                                                                        
Public Affairs Coordinator
(281) 420-5802 office
(832) 217-9430 cell
E-mail: patti.jett@baytown.org


City to Hold Town Hall Meetings on Solid Waste Service Changes

The City of Baytown will hold two Town Hall meetings next week to get public input on proposed changes to the City’s residential solid waste and recycling services. The meetings will be held Tuesday, August 15, in the Baytown Community Center (2407 Market St.) and Wednesday, August 16, in the cafetorium at Alamo Elementary School (6100 N. Main). Both meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Town Hall meetings are being held due to changes in the City’s contract with current service provider Waste Management. The current contract expires on October 1. Proposals for future service came back significantly higher than the existing rate – an increase that would be passed on to residents. An alternative would be to bring these services in-house, provided by the Public Works Department.

Residents will be asked to provide their input on four options proposed by the City’s Public Works Department, who oversees both solid waste and recycling services. The four options that will be presented are:

• Same service by contractor (30%-50% increase in cost)
• Adjusted service by contractor (20% - 30% increase in cost)
• Comparable service provided in-house (10%-20% increase in cost)
• Adjusted Service provided in-house (no price increase).

Option one would maintain the current level of service, with twice weekly garbage collection (unlimited quantity, bags or cans), twice weekly bulk pick up with garbage collection (furniture, bulky items but not building materials), Once a week recycling, and once monthly brush collection. The Green Center would continue to accept recycling, bulk and brush drop-off, including building materials (with some exceptions). The current cost of this service is $21.31. This option comes with a 30%-50% increase in cost.

Option two would provide adjusted service through Waste Management. It would consist of once weekly garbage collection (unlimited quantity, bags or cans), weekly bulk pick up with garbage collection (furniture, bulky items but not building materials), Once a week recycling, and once monthly brush collection. The Green Center would continue to accept recycling, bulk and brush drop-off, including building materials (with some exceptions). This option comes with a 20%-30% increase in cost.

Option three presents a departure from the current contractor system, with the City taking on the service in-house.  This service would provide twice weekly garbage collection on a 6 – day automated pick-up route. The automated service would require all trash to be placed in a city-provided container, with additional containers available at additional cost. Once a week recycling would remain the same, however brush and  bulk pick up (furniture, bulky items but not building materials) would be on an on-call basis. The Green Center would continue to accept recycling, bulk and brush drop-off, including building materials (with some exceptions). This option comes with a 10%-20% increase in cost.

Option four would provide service through the Public Works Department and proposes service that provides once weekly garbage collection. The automated service would require all trash to be placed in a city-provided container, with additional containers available at additional cost.  Once a week recycling would remain the same, however brush and  bulk pick up (furniture, bulky items but not building materials) would be on an on-call basis.  The Green Center would continue to accept recycling, bulk and brush drop-off, including building materials (with some exceptions). This option comes with no increase in cost.

Input from the two Town Hall meetings will be presented to Council at their August 24th meeting, where they will make a decision on the City’s course moving forward.

For more information contact Public Works at 281-420-5300.

To take an online survey, click here.
The survey will be available until noon on Aug. 21.


 
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