Improvement Options Report Summary
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 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.
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