Trash Collection Update
City’s Curbside Solid Waste Collection Decision
Manual versus Automated collection
The City’s curbside collection contract with Casella, the current contractor, expires on September 30, 2022. The City has issued three requests for bids for curbside solid waste collection services since 2021.
The most recent bid has manual curbside collection costing the City’s taxpayers $1,126,000/year while automated collection is $855,000/year. Thus, automated collection is $271,000 per year less than manual collection. Implementing automated curbside collection will save the City over $2 million over the next 10 years even considering the cost of purchasing the trash and recycling containers for property owners
The City Council will make its decision on the method for curbside collection at its August 8th meeting. If the Council selects automated curbside collection, the date automated curbside collection will start is April 1, 2023. This gives the City time to plan the conversion with the contractor, and purchase and deliver the carts to property owners. It also has the benefit of not converting the City during the winter.
If the City Council decides to convert to automated curbside collection, the City will begin a public information campaign which will be updated once the cart allocation plan has been approved. This campaign will include:
• Public information meetings
• Ads and articles in the Laconia Daily Sun
• Updates in the Laconia Links newsletter
• “How to” presentations on You Tube and Channel 24
The campaign will include information on:
• Options for senior citizens to obtain smaller containers.
• Disposal procedures for existing containers that are not compatible with automated collection
• Use of the existing Laconia recycles containers
• Solid waste container limits for residences and businesses
• Procedures for excess trash containers
The cart allocation plan will be presented to City Council on September 12th and staff is asking for a decision at the Council’s September 26th meeting.
For More Information:
See How Automated Trash Collection works in Other Communities:
Newton, Massachusetts (You Tube Video)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (You Tube Video)
Sault Saint Marie, Michigan (You Tube Video)
Niagara County, New York (You Tube Video)