How will the sanitation and recycling services change?

Solid waste pickup will change to once a week. Recycling pickup will remain once a week and will accept the same materials: aluminum, flattened cardboard, paper products, and plastic containers labeled 1-5 or 7. Unfortunately, none of the contractors could provide an option for plastic film recycling in the proposals. 


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1. Why is the city considering making changes to its public works program?
2. Why did the city issue a request for proposals (RFP) for solid waste management?
3. Will employees lose their jobs if the city moves to outsourced sanitation services?
4. How do the proposed changes fit within the 2024 adopted budget?
5. How will the changes in the public works program affect the sanitation and yard waste fees for residents?
6. How will the sanitation and recycling services change?
7. Who will manage bulk pickup requests?
8. Will residents who receive special assistance for backdoor sanitation pickup still receive this service?
9. That’s a great savings on sanitation fees. Did the city evaluate moving yard waste services to a contractor as well?
10. Why do we need to outsource landscaping services? Now that the Public Works team won’t be responsible for solid waste pickup, won’t they be able to handle landscaping?
11. What will Public Works staff focus on now that they don’t have to handle sanitation and recycling?
12. How will the changes in the public works program affect the sanitation fees for businesses?
13. What is the timeline for the change?
14. Will residents need to buy new trash or recycling bins if the sanitation and recycling services move to an outside vendor?
15. What is a tipping fee?
16. Why would it cost the city more than the contractor to provide the city's sanitation and recycling services?