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UPDATE! City Council will consider at its Aug. 26 meeting a question on the November ballot about whether the city should contract with companies for waste collection in Lakewood. Learn more about about this next step.

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    At the July 15 Study Session, City Council directed staff to prepare language for consideration for inclusion on the ballot in this November’s municipal election. The intent of the ballot question would be to ask the community whether or not the city should contract with companies to provide more efficient residential waste collection in Lakewood. This direction was given after staff presented options that Lakewood could take for improving the current residential waste system

    You can watch the presentation and discussion from the July 15 meeting by clicking on item 5 on the agenda next to the video.


    What Comes Next?
    City Council will consider passing a resolution to include this question on the ballot during a to-be-determined meeting date. In the meantime, we encourage you to read the latest staff report to learn more about the benefits and trade-offs of a contracted system (page 21 of the report).

    At the July 15 Study Session, City Council directed staff to prepare language for consideration for inclusion on the ballot in this November’s municipal election. The intent of the ballot question would be to ask the community whether or not the city should contract with companies to provide more efficient residential waste collection in Lakewood. This direction was given after staff presented options that Lakewood could take for improving the current residential waste system

    You can watch the presentation and discussion from the July 15 meeting by clicking on item 5 on the agenda next to the video.


    What Comes Next?
    City Council will consider passing a resolution to include this question on the ballot during a to-be-determined meeting date. In the meantime, we encourage you to read the latest staff report to learn more about the benefits and trade-offs of a contracted system (page 21 of the report).

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    Enhanced licensing table

    During the Feb. 4 study session, Council directed staff to gather Lakewood-specific details on three residential waste collection improvement options—Enhanced Licensing, Contracted System, and Preferred Hauler System. The 2019 Analysis of Residential Waste Collection Improvement Options report analyzes the three policy options to better understand the potential benefits and impacts of each on:

    • Household costs
    • Household services
    • Customer service and hauler accountability
    • Neighborhood impacts: noise, safety, and neighborhood aesthetics
    • Environmental impacts: waste diversion, air quality, and GHG emissions
    • Household choice among haulers
    • Business and market competition
    • City administrative and...

    During the Feb. 4 study session, Council directed staff to gather Lakewood-specific details on three residential waste collection improvement options—Enhanced Licensing, Contracted System, and Preferred Hauler System. The 2019 Analysis of Residential Waste Collection Improvement Options report analyzes the three policy options to better understand the potential benefits and impacts of each on:

    • Household costs
    • Household services
    • Customer service and hauler accountability
    • Neighborhood impacts: noise, safety, and neighborhood aesthetics
    • Environmental impacts: waste diversion, air quality, and GHG emissions
    • Household choice among haulers
    • Business and market competition
    • City administrative and operating costs

    The following tables and charts summarize these findings.


    Summary of benefits and drawbacks of Enhanced Licensing:

    Enhanced Licensing maintains the current open subscription system while adding new residential waste hauler licensing requirements intended to reduce neighborhood impacts, increase waste diversion, increase customer service and increase hauler accountability.


    Summary of benefits and drawbacks of a Contracted System:

    In a Contracted System, the City contracts with one or multiple haulers for residential trash collection for all residential properties with seven or fewer units. contract(s) would include provisions intended to reduce neighborhood impacts, increase waste diversion, increase customer service and increase hauler accountability.


    Summary of benefits and drawbacks of a Preferred Hauler System

    In a Preferred Hauler System, the City contracts with one hauler to be the City’s preferred provider for residential trash collection. Residents could voluntarily choose the City’s preferred provider to receive the agreed upon pricing and services. The contract would include provisions intended to increase waste diversion, increase customer service and increase hauler accountability for participating residents. In order to achieve communitywide environmental benefits and for the preferred hauler to remain cost competitive, the Preferred Hauler System would need to be paired with Enhanced Licensing.



    STAFF RECOMMENDATION

    Staff finds that the most effective option for achieving the widest range of community goals is the Contracted System with multiple districts and new licensing requirements for all haulers in the City in order to set a fair citywide standard for services. Efficiency gains realized through this option enable the community to access new services, significantly reduce neighborhood impacts, and provide an economic incentive to reduce household waste and overall costs. Through the Contracted System, Lakewood can realize the benefits associated with organized collection and with market competition.

    Download the full report to learn more.


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    City Council directed staff at the Feb. 4 study session to gather Lakewood-specific details on waste hauling options. To accomplish this, we have asked haulers to submit information through a process called a Request for Proposal. This process creates a way for haulers to provide reliable and detailed information about potential pricing, customer service, options for curbside recycling, composting, large item collection and other services.

    Information from this RFP process will help City Council explore what the outcomes would be if Lakewood conducted a competitive procurement process in which haulers operated in specific districts throughout the city. Known as a “contracted system” for trash collection, this idea was one of the options that City Council identified for further research because it demonstrated significant potential to address residents’ concerns identified on page 69 of the comprehensive report. Under this system, one or multiple haulers could have a contract for trash collection for defined districts within the city. The RFP will help answer whether this system could reduce pricing, expand service options, improve efficiency and support competition in the marketplace through competitive bidding.

    The RFP process will not involve the city taking any action, and it is only one of the options City Council will discuss at the upcoming study session. City Council will evaluate all the information provided by staff at the study session to determine how to proceed at that time. Please visit the “printable documents” section to read the full RFP or view key components. You can also view the RFP on the bid submission site.

    City Council directed staff at the Feb. 4 study session to gather Lakewood-specific details on waste hauling options. To accomplish this, we have asked haulers to submit information through a process called a Request for Proposal. This process creates a way for haulers to provide reliable and detailed information about potential pricing, customer service, options for curbside recycling, composting, large item collection and other services.

    Information from this RFP process will help City Council explore what the outcomes would be if Lakewood conducted a competitive procurement process in which haulers operated in specific districts throughout the city. Known as a “contracted system” for trash collection, this idea was one of the options that City Council identified for further research because it demonstrated significant potential to address residents’ concerns identified on page 69 of the comprehensive report. Under this system, one or multiple haulers could have a contract for trash collection for defined districts within the city. The RFP will help answer whether this system could reduce pricing, expand service options, improve efficiency and support competition in the marketplace through competitive bidding.

    The RFP process will not involve the city taking any action, and it is only one of the options City Council will discuss at the upcoming study session. City Council will evaluate all the information provided by staff at the study session to determine how to proceed at that time. Please visit the “printable documents” section to read the full RFP or view key components. You can also view the RFP on the bid submission site.

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    On February 4, City Council decided to move forward with additional community outreach and research into ways Lakewood can improve its residential trash collection system. This research will explore two potential scenarios:
    • What are likely outcomes if Lakewood maintained the open subscription system, but added requirements for waste haulers operating in Lakewood?
    • What are likely outcomes if Lakewood conducted a competitive procurement process in which contracted haulers operate in a specific district, and residents are assigned a hauler based on their address?

    You can watch the presentation and discussion online at Lakewood.org/CouncilVideos and selecting the Feb. 4 meeting video


    What Does This Mean For You?
    As we dive into details around cost, services, and other system components, we will need your input! Stay tuned for opportunities to contribute your ideas, concerns, and values.

    On February 4, City Council decided to move forward with additional community outreach and research into ways Lakewood can improve its residential trash collection system. This research will explore two potential scenarios:
    • What are likely outcomes if Lakewood maintained the open subscription system, but added requirements for waste haulers operating in Lakewood?
    • What are likely outcomes if Lakewood conducted a competitive procurement process in which contracted haulers operate in a specific district, and residents are assigned a hauler based on their address?

    You can watch the presentation and discussion online at Lakewood.org/CouncilVideos and selecting the Feb. 4 meeting video


    What Does This Mean For You?
    As we dive into details around cost, services, and other system components, we will need your input! Stay tuned for opportunities to contribute your ideas, concerns, and values.

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    In June, City staff launched the Lakewood Round Table to understand residents’ concerns and collect suggestions on how the current residential trash collection system could be improved. This information was combined with research and summarized in the 2019 Lakewood Residential Trash Collection Report.

    The report includes:

    • Introduction (p.1): What is the objective and scope of this report?
    • Community Goals (p.4): Why is this topic important to Lakewood?
    • Research (p.6): What sources of information were used in this report?
    • Community Engagement (p.9): How was the community involved and what did folks say?
    • Issues (p.14): What are the issues with Lakewood's residential trash collection system?
    • Goals (p.51): What does an ideal residential trash collection system look like for Lakewood?
    • Options (p.52): What types of requirements could Lakewood implement to improve its system?
    • Recommendation (p.70): Based on this information, what are the recommended next steps?

    Download the report to learn more and share your feedback in the comments section below. Related report documents are posted on the right hand side of this webpage.


    Next Steps

    The report will be presented during the Feb. 4, 2019 City Council Study Session, which will take place at 7 p.m. in the Lakewood City Council Chambers located at 480 S. Allison Pkwy. You can attend in person and provide comment or watch online at www.lakewood.org/councilvideos. .

    You can subscribe to project updates by entering your email in the "Stay Informed" box on the right hand side of the page or sign up for the Lakewood Sustainability e-newsletter at www.lakewood.org/sustainabilitynews to stay informed on all Lakewood Sustainability Division projects.


    City Council Presentation
    7 p.m., Monday
    Feb. 4, 2019
    City Council Chambers
    480 S. Allison Pkwy. 
    Lakewood.org/CouncilVideos.

    In June, City staff launched the Lakewood Round Table to understand residents’ concerns and collect suggestions on how the current residential trash collection system could be improved. This information was combined with research and summarized in the 2019 Lakewood Residential Trash Collection Report.

    The report includes:

    • Introduction (p.1): What is the objective and scope of this report?
    • Community Goals (p.4): Why is this topic important to Lakewood?
    • Research (p.6): What sources of information were used in this report?
    • Community Engagement (p.9): How was the community involved and what did folks say?
    • Issues (p.14): What are the issues with Lakewood's residential trash collection system?
    • Goals (p.51): What does an ideal residential trash collection system look like for Lakewood?
    • Options (p.52): What types of requirements could Lakewood implement to improve its system?
    • Recommendation (p.70): Based on this information, what are the recommended next steps?

    Download the report to learn more and share your feedback in the comments section below. Related report documents are posted on the right hand side of this webpage.


    Next Steps

    The report will be presented during the Feb. 4, 2019 City Council Study Session, which will take place at 7 p.m. in the Lakewood City Council Chambers located at 480 S. Allison Pkwy. You can attend in person and provide comment or watch online at www.lakewood.org/councilvideos. .

    You can subscribe to project updates by entering your email in the "Stay Informed" box on the right hand side of the page or sign up for the Lakewood Sustainability e-newsletter at www.lakewood.org/sustainabilitynews to stay informed on all Lakewood Sustainability Division projects.


    City Council Presentation
    7 p.m., Monday
    Feb. 4, 2019
    City Council Chambers
    480 S. Allison Pkwy. 
    Lakewood.org/CouncilVideos.

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    You've shared your concerns and ideas with us in-person, online, and in-print. From these comments, several key themes that we've summarized to describe Lakewood's ideal collection system, along with challenges that come with any potential change. 



    Lakewood's vision for its residential trash collections system is:
    • Neighborhood-friendly: A minimal number of trucks collect neighborhood trash on only one or two days of the week. This creates a quieter, safer, and cleaner neighborhood.
    • Affordable: Lakewood residents pay similar collection fees to other communities in the region, freeing up resources for other household costs.
    • Business-friendly: Small businesses are able to compete with larger companies and continue contributing to the local economy.
    • Customizable: Residents can choose from add-on services like large-item pickup, compost pickup, and container sizes to fit their household needs
    • Transparent and accountable: Residents understand their collection fees and receive quality customer service.
    • Environmentally-friendly: Cleaner and fewer trucks improve air quality and recycling is easy.
    We've also heard concerns over how changes to this system might affect:
    • Individual choice by creating citywide standards
    • Administrative burden by increasing City staff responsibilities and role of government
    • Household schedules by changing collection times and pricing structures

    Do you agree? Do you have ideas on how we can balance achieving this vision with the community concerns? Tell us by using the comment tool below or visit our Ideas page!


    You've shared your concerns and ideas with us in-person, online, and in-print. From these comments, several key themes that we've summarized to describe Lakewood's ideal collection system, along with challenges that come with any potential change. 



    Lakewood's vision for its residential trash collections system is:
    • Neighborhood-friendly: A minimal number of trucks collect neighborhood trash on only one or two days of the week. This creates a quieter, safer, and cleaner neighborhood.
    • Affordable: Lakewood residents pay similar collection fees to other communities in the region, freeing up resources for other household costs.
    • Business-friendly: Small businesses are able to compete with larger companies and continue contributing to the local economy.
    • Customizable: Residents can choose from add-on services like large-item pickup, compost pickup, and container sizes to fit their household needs
    • Transparent and accountable: Residents understand their collection fees and receive quality customer service.
    • Environmentally-friendly: Cleaner and fewer trucks improve air quality and recycling is easy.
    We've also heard concerns over how changes to this system might affect:
    • Individual choice by creating citywide standards
    • Administrative burden by increasing City staff responsibilities and role of government
    • Household schedules by changing collection times and pricing structures

    Do you agree? Do you have ideas on how we can balance achieving this vision with the community concerns? Tell us by using the comment tool below or visit our Ideas page!

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