Does Palm Coast need twice-a-week trash pickup? City considers cost-saving options

It used to be that when Americans tossed their plastic soda or milk bottles in a trash and parked the trash can on the curb for the day of collection, they mostly came to China, where much of the world’s plastic recycling has long been processed.

The city might also consider moving from a two worker per truck system to an automated one worker per truck system that would require city-provided bins.

Not anymore: China has stopped American recycling in a policy known as “One Sword”.

This, among other things, is increasing the cost of recycling across the country, and is pushing Palm Coast leadership to look for ways the city government can cut costs if necessary when they sign a new contract of firm after the current Waste Pro contract expires Waste is targeted for May 2022.

In a city council workshop on Feb.9, city administrator Matt Morton mentioned China’s policy change and said the city wasn’t sure costs will go up, but it seems likely.

“We expect an increase,” he said. “At this point, recycling is not profitable as a raw material market.”

In March, the city will be enclosing a survey of residents’ utility bills to see what options the garbage disposal service appeals to them and which the city can potentially cut down to save money if needed.

The questions asked residents how often they refill their trash bins, if they would be happy to have a weekly pickup instead of twice a week if they were willing to pay an additional $ 1 to $ 5 per month to keep roadside recycling available if they prefer to use their own bins or have the city provided, how often they dispose of garden waste and whether they want to keep the bulk collection once a week or reduce it to once a month or omit as a basic service, so that direct contact with the waste transport company is required for bulk collection.

The city might also consider moving from a two worker per truck system to an automated one worker per truck system that would require city-provided bins.

City officials will also hold two community meetings to collect contributions.

The survey results will be analyzed in April and presented to the city council for decision before the city signs a new municipal solid waste contract in May.

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