West Haven OKs garbage-hauling ordinance, ‘trash wars’ coming to an end | Government
WEST HAVEN – West Haven heads of state and government have passed an ordinance requiring residents to have their trash picked up by a city-hired trucker to – almost – end a debate that is simmering in the city.
“The garbage wars were the biggest problem this year,” joked city councilor Nina Morse on Thursday.
City Administrator Matt Jensen said the ordinance, approved by West Haven City Council on Wednesday, represents a “paradigm shift” for the growing city as it focuses on selecting a single haulier for garbage collection. This is the norm in most other Weber County’s cities.
West Haven residents directly signed a contract with freight forwarders to collect their rubbish. But as the city is negotiating a contract for the entire city, proponents say transportation rates will fall for most. Using a single freight forwarder instead of multiple companies collecting across the city also reduces wear and tear on the roads as fewer trucks are needed to do the work, Jensen said.
Jensen estimates that monthly fees for homes with a trash can will be anywhere from $ 11-13, which is a 10-30 percent reduction for most customers. “It adds up,” he said.
However, some customers prefer to use dumpsters because of the junk they generate which delayed the formulation of a solution. Others like being able to choose their own carriers, another sticking point.
Three companies have submitted bids for the West Haven service – Republic Services, Waste Management and Robinson Waste Services. Jensen hopes the council will make a selection at its November 18 meeting.
Even so, the new service would not start immediately. Jensen estimated it may not start until February or April so customers have time to get out of contracts with their existing carriers without penalty.
The new regulation includes a provision for those who generate more rubbish and use dumpsters instead of trash cans. Residential properties with a size of at least 0.8 acres can cancel the compulsory service set out in the new regulation and conclude a separate contract for the dumpster service. That solved one of the more difficult problems in the debate.
The change does not include any contingent liabilities for recycling.
“There really isn’t a lot of pressure,” said Morse. However, she hopes the officials will take up the issue at some point.