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Feb. 4 City Council Presentation

over 1 year ago

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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  • Chris about 1 year ago
    I'm against being forced into using a trash service. I'm currently very happy with my trash service. They're friendly, and accommodating. If I miss a week they'll take whatever extra I have next week. If I clean out the garage and have a few extra bags on week they'll take it no questions asked. The 2 companies who are bidding will only take the one can of trash. What happens when I have family over for a holiday or miss a week and have an extra bin? Lakewood's certainly not going to take it. I don't want to be forced into a trash service that doesn't meet my needs.
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    • Admin Commented Lynn about 1 year ago
      Thank you for your comment. In the exploratory RFP that was issued haulers were asked to provide pricing for a number of services, including quarterly pickup for bulky items or extra trash bags. This was included because we heard similar comments to yours during our community engagement process over the past year. Keep in mind City Council has not made any decision to move forward with a contracted system and more discussion is to come! -City Sustainability Staff
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      • Chris about 1 year ago
        I appreciate your response but I don't see how you can create a single solution that's cost effective, flexible, and convenient. When people tell you that their happy with the current provider it doesn't mean that they want a new menu of options to be dictated to them. If the City of Lakewood wanted to offer an alternative that would be accepted or rejected on its own merits, that's fine and I would support that, but I reject the offer of a mandatory "solution" that I cannot opt out of.
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        • Admin Commented Lynn about 1 year ago
          Chris, the contracted system is one of several approaches that we are researching for City Council. We will also be presenting analysis on a preferred hauling system which would align with your suggestion as a completely voluntary option. This voluntary option would preserve customer choice (which we know is important to many residents), but our initial research indicates that this approach won’t do a very good job of addressing the traffic and neighborhood nuisance issues and may not reduce pricing (we are still working on collecting data on pricing). We recognize there are tough trade-offs and the challenge of finding a single solution, which is why we are researching all of these pathways and will report the data to Council and the community for discussion, debate, and creative problem solving!
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      • dakotastar 12 months ago
        I was a purchasing agent for one of the State offices and can I tell you the RFP process is not as forthcoming as the City portrays it. Beware!
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    • dakotastar 12 months ago
      I have used Pro Disposal for years. They provide incredible service. I do NOT want to lose my access to them because the City has decided it knows better than I do about my choice of company. I think it's interesting that the two companies the City seem to like, Waste Management and Republic, are the two companies that have the rudest, most discourteous drivers.
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  • TerrieRay809 about 1 year ago
    I am very impressed with Lakewood's study on trash pickup, recycling, etc. It sounds like there is a good chance that Lakewood would be skilled in coming up with a good plan. Having choices in trash hauling companies hasn't been very successful in many ways; from what I've read so far of the Lakewood study, I'd like to see Lakewood take a crack at it. I think citizens should continue to have a chance to voice concerns about any plan that is being considered, but we should do something different than it is now.
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  • LisaB about 1 year ago
    I would love for Lakewood to handle trash, recycling and, at some point, compost pick up. It would cut down on carbon emissions to have fewer trucks on the road. When I lived in Denver it was nice to never have to think about trash and recycling knowing it was taken care of by the city.
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  • Tired of Government over 1 year ago
    I am tired of government getting involved in my life. It seems great in the beginning as they lure you in with low prices and then a few years later the price goes up and there is no way to get out. The city is in your pocket again. STAY OUT. LEAVE ME ALONE AND LET ME MAKE MY OWN TRASH COMPANY DECISIONS. Find something else to do with your time.
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