Shakopee City Council cans open trash system | Shakopee News
Shakopee City Council has directed city officials to request bids for a closed garbage system after discussing the possibility of an open garbage and recycling transportation system.
The discussion took place on January 5th as the contract between the city and its current garbage company, Republic Services, expires later this year.
A closed waste and recycling system, which the city has been operating under since the early 1990s, means that the city has contracts with a single waste and recycling provider. This aid prevents illegal dumping, according to city officials, and avoids a la carte requests for services that drive up total costs.
An open system would mean residents could choose between a handful of waste and recycling providers, which could potentially reduce costs due to competition between providers. However, the Council questioned whether opening the system would be worth the headache with multiple trucks on the road on a given day. Council members also raised concerns about accountability between the city, vendors and customers.
Deputy City Administrator Nate Burkett said one of the frustrations with the current service is the number of issues the city is facing related to garbage collection or settlement.
Staff recommended that the city consider a system of zoning the city and assigning a pickup day. The city would then license freight forwarders and require them to provide services in their zone on the appropriate day of the week according to the city memo.
This means that the city would no longer be in the middle of the relationship between the service provider and the customer.
Councilor Jay Whiting said he was against the idea of opening up the waste and recycling system.
“I’m not interested in it,” said Whiting. “Do I think our deputy city administrator should handle the garbage? No. We need someone to manage our trash … but I don’t want to open up the system in any way. “
The Mayor of Shakopee, Bill Mars, finally pointed out the reason why the city had opted for a service contract in the first place.
“Health and safety, it’s better for the roads and we’re only dealing with one provider,” Mars said. “That’s why we did it in the first place.”
Although no formal action was taken, the council ultimately directed staff to develop a call for tenders from service providers within a closed system. The council also agreed that the waste and recycling provider should designate a staff member to deal with waste and recycling issues so the city doesn’t have to.
According to the City Memo, garbage and recycling trucks will be the biggest barrier to getting a new contract with another service provider, as both city-owned and Republic Services-owned carts are strewn around Shakopee.
In 2013 the city bought Karren and took out a loan of around $ 1.1 million to pay it off. There is still $ 427,000 owed on this loan, which is expected to be paid back by June 2024.
“To switch to another provider, all of the republic’s wagons would have to be picked up, city carts consolidated and redistributed, and the new provider would have to distribute new carts,” the city note said.
“We’re going to take it as a learning point,” Mars said. “The town shouldn’t be in the cart business.”