How will the changes in the public works program affect the sanitation and yard waste fees for residents?

Moving to the new service structure will give homeowners an annual savings of approximately $220. Here's a breakdown of the costs to households:

SOLID WASTE COSTS 

Costs Per Household for Solid Waste Pickup (performed by contractor) 

$8.24 (monthly solid waste) 

$5.00 (monthly tipping fee to DeKalb landfill) 

$8.72 (monthly recycling)  

$21.96 month cost/$263.32 annual cost 

 

YARD WASTE COSTS 

Annual Costs of Yard Waste Pickup (performed by the city) 

   $150,000 (annual operating yard waste cost) 

 +$  30,000 (capital yard waste cost used to replace yard waste vehicles and equipment) 

   $180,000 (total yard waste cost) 

 

Cost Per Household for Yard Waste Pick Up (performed by the city) 

Total yard waste cost of $180,000 divided by the total number of households (1,640)  

= $109.76 (annual cost per household for yard waste) 

 

ANNUAL COSTS/SAVINGS TO RESIDENTS 

Total Annual Costs to Residents 

$263.52 (Arrow solid waste) 

$109.76 (City yard waste)  

$373.28 (annual sanitation fee) 


Savings to Residents 

  $596 (current annual fee) 

- $373 (proposed annual fee)                   

  $223 (annual savings per household)


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1. Why is the city considering making changes to its public works program?
2. Why did the city issue a request for proposals (RFP) for solid waste management?
3. Will employees lose their jobs if the city moves to outsourced sanitation services?
4. How do the proposed changes fit within the 2024 adopted budget?
5. How will the changes in the public works program affect the sanitation and yard waste fees for residents?
6. How will the sanitation and recycling services change?
7. Who will manage bulk pickup requests?
8. Will residents who receive special assistance for backdoor sanitation pickup still receive this service?
9. That’s a great savings on sanitation fees. Did the city evaluate moving yard waste services to a contractor as well?
10. Why do we need to outsource landscaping services? Now that the Public Works team won’t be responsible for solid waste pickup, won’t they be able to handle landscaping?
11. What will Public Works staff focus on now that they don’t have to handle sanitation and recycling?
12. How will the changes in the public works program affect the sanitation fees for businesses?
13. What is the timeline for the change?
14. Will residents need to buy new trash or recycling bins if the sanitation and recycling services move to an outside vendor?
15. What is a tipping fee?
16. Why would it cost the city more than the contractor to provide the city's sanitation and recycling services?