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Staff Research into a Contracted System Model

about 1 year ago

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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  • Nate about 1 year ago
    list why we should change...## noise hopefully one day a week as opposed to up to 5 days, ## safety (trucks on our streets one day not up to 5 days)## street maintenance and associated tax savings $$## individual residential money savings and or added benefits ## fuel savings and then smog and greenhouse issuesheavy street traffic one or two days a week as opposed to possibly all five( at most 4 trucks a week as opposed to now with12 or 14 or ? pick a number)## more people would have and use recycling.## possibility of getting city wide compost, green waste (sticks, grass, leaves, food waste)design ideas for the potential system:option of small cansoption of neighbors sharing (helps neighbors and uses less fuel)option for cans to be returned to houseoption to use bags instead of cans (Boulder)option for composting (twigs, grass, leaves, food waste)option to stop service when gone for extended periodsWhen living in a wind trap area may need assistance with fall leaf removallist why we should keep the old two seem common and that is... the return the can to the houseand the free market of 11 companies competing for individual households as opposed to the free market of 11 competing for 1 to 3 areas.Most people either did not like or were uncomfortable with the idea of Lakewood starting a Denver style system (Lakewood builds a garbage company from scratch and city workers run it) So, the option of bidding out 2 or 3 areas of Lakewood to the 6-10 competing companies seems to be the most favorable option.... maybe putting ward 1 and 2 (all North of Alameda) in a biddable zone and then wards 3,4,5 in a biddable zone (all South of Alameda bigger area but less dense ) . This style system will require a small additional city management to handle complaints, bidding, etc (not garbage workers)compiled after hours on Nextdoor
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  • ayankele about 1 year ago
    Thank you for looking into this. Friends in Denver and other counties that have a single trash collection company are very happy with the pricing, service and sustainability of the model. My understanding is that if we follow through with the "opt-in" for Lakewood trash collection, we would see a significant decrease in our trash collection bill and a more effective recycling program. At a recent Ward 1 meeting, I learned that even if the city does reach an agreement with a company through the RFP process, residents would still be able to opt out of the contract and keep the company of their choice. I see several benefits to going to a city-wide system, aside from lower pricing: less wear and tear on roads, safer streets for pedestrians, and cleaner air. Also, it seems logical to me that this would be a municipal service, similar to sewer and water. I look forward to seeing what develops with the RFP process!
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  • NH about 1 year ago
    I despise the idea that the City wants to tell me how to spend my money. Like others, I would appreciate it greatly if the City focused on the things the City SHOULD be doing - crime and our roads being at the top of the list right now. The City should NOT be expanding its power.
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    • Senior Lu about 1 year ago
      I agree with this person's comment 100%!!!!!! The city of Lakewood has been going downhill for some time, and is no longer a nice place to live. Keep your hands off our right to chose our trash company, and start focusing on IMPORTANT things that actually matter!
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  • Teresa125 about 1 year ago
    I keep hearing about numerous people wanting the city to take over trash pickup yet im not finding anybody who actually wants it. Who are these people? Where are their comments? The city needs to focus on other things.
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    • Admin Commented Lynn about 1 year ago
      Thank you for your comment. We heard a wide range of opinions during our 2018 summer outreach efforts that are all documented in the 2019 comprehensive report (see the appendix for the full list). We continue to hear multiple perspectives through this website, emails, social media, and in-person that we will continue to document in order to inform the discussion. Keep in mind City Council has not made any decision and more discussion is to come! - City Sustainability Staff
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      • Senior Lu about 1 year ago
        Do NOT take away our American RIGHT TO CHOOSE. Forcing residents to pay for services creates a hardship on those of us with limited incomes. I've noticed Lakewood is building quite a few Senior Apartment complexes, but will seniors be able to afford to move here? I have found it more and more difficult to make ends meet with the constant raising of services and utilities. I will be paying attention to who approves a forced trash service, and will vote accordingly.
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  • Senior Lu about 1 year ago
    Since I am on a very limited fixed income, the constant increase of utilities and services leaves me broke every month. Not only are you charging me for RAIN, but now you want to take away my ability to find the best price for trash removal. Since the Mayor and others have had their palms "greased" with "donations" from Waste Management and Republic, residents will be forced to pay for one of these services. Waste Management will be the likely winner, since they've given more in "donations." If this MONOPOLY does happen, and our freedom of CHOICE is taken away from us, I sincerely hope someone starts a Class Action Lawsuit against every council member, or, at the very least, start a RECALL movement.
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  • Lhahn about 1 year ago
    I would like to see what the cost will be and what restrictions there might be. I'm tired of seeing the neighborhood dotted with garbage cans every day of the week, not to mention the pollution of many different companies sending their trucks up and down the streets every day. And the waste of fuel for a truck to pick up one person's garbage.
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  • Steve about 1 year ago
    I do not want the city to decide what trash provider I need to use. If I am unhappy with the provider I have I can always take my business elsewhere. The free market is a far more efficient way to handle this service. If the city forces a provider on us, we are stuck.
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  • Larry hall about 1 year ago
    I am currently with Pro Disposal as I am sure many people are. My contract is an annual contract not month to month. If there is a change that does not include that provider what would people do to recover those fees. I would be in favor of a system that is cost efficient for everyone, I just want it to be fair to everyone regardless of who they are with now.
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    • Admin Commented Lynn about 1 year ago
      Thank you for your comment. We recognize that any change would require a significant notification period (minimum of 6 months is required by state law) before any new system is put in place so that residents and hauling businesses can adjust. 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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  • geokty about 1 year ago
    ProDisposal is the best choice for folks with big lots!! They allow an unlimited amount of cans and run them all back up our driveway so they do not blow away in the typical Colorado wind. The fact that they bring the cans back up to the side of the house is a major boon for the elderly. They have single-stream recycling and take cardboard AND styrofoam, which is unusual. I have always received good customer service from them on the phone. Please give this company your best consideration.
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    • NH about 1 year ago
      Pro Disposal recently sold. Do not let your bill lapse. They are now owned by a company that does limited can pick up. I suspect that Pro Disposal will be changing a lot in the near future which is disappointing. We've been with them for years.
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  • Cain5031 about 1 year ago
    We do not need the city regulating Trash pickup. Let the citizens of Lakewood choose our own trash haulers.
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  • Aaron about 1 year ago
    Please do not move forward with this proposal. It is extremely frustrating that the city is concentrating on unnecessary programs like trash hauling when crime continues to get worse. Protecting citizens and their property should be the priority. The criminals breaking into houses, cars and businesses are the only trash that the city should be concerned with. Start the cleanup at the Crossland extended stay hotel at Kipling and 6th.
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    • eb about 1 year ago
      The great thing about organizing ourselves in a society is that we can do more with our resources. This isn't like asking your spouse to mow the lawn or make dinner (you should just nag them to do one or the other) - the hundreds of city employees (and contractors they choose and manage) can multitask and as an organization each city agency can work in their area of specialty.
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      • Aaron about 1 year ago
        Yes, our "resources" or tax dollars, as I like to call them should be used for public goods, i.e., non-rivalrous, non-excludable services like policing. Trash service does not fall into the category of a public good. I'm concerned with the increasing rates of crime in my neighborhood and would like the city to reduce unnecessary spending on things like a trash feasibility study and put that money to hiring additional police officers and increasing patrols. You and your neighbors are free to coordinate which trash service you use to reduce truck traffic if that is really bugging you.
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