Earlier this year during the city budget sessions, the City Council asked the Department of Public Works to investigate the possibility of providing every single-family household a roll-off trash cart. Funding was earmarked for a possible project on the FY 2020-21 budget.
Over the next few months staff began to research qualified vendors. Staff began to discuss the project with the Rehrig Pacific Company. The city was currently contracted with the Rehrig Pacific Company to provide the trash carts that the city has sold to residents. After many meetings and discussions, the Department of Public Works presented a recommendation to City Council on September 8, 2020. This recommendation not only provide every single-family household a trash cart, but an option as to the size of their cart. Options are as follows:
· 95 gallon cart (holds approximately ten 13 gallon trash bags)
· 65 gallon cart (holds approximately six 13 gallon trash bags)
· No cart needed
City Council awarded the project and the Public Works staff is currently working on the details of the project. Please see below for a FAQ.
If you have any further questions regarding this project, you can call the Department of Public Works at (248) 691-7497.
1. How much will the carts cost?
a. The carts will be provided to each single-family household free of charge. The cost of these carts will be paid for out of the current fund balance in the solid waste fund. Also, there was not increase in solid waste fees over the past two years.
2. What size carts are available?
a. Residents can choose from either a 95 gallon cart, a 65 gallon cart, or can choose to not have a cart delivered to their home. For reference, the carts hold approximately:
i. 95 gallon cart = Ten 13 gallon trash bags
ii. 65 gallon cart = Six 13 gallon trash bags
3. How do property owners choose their cart size?
a. Starting in early October, property owners will be mailed a form to choose your size cart. Please review the container dimensions and capacities outlined on the literature before making your selection. Don’t forget to factor in holidays and other events when making your selection. Please be sure to make your selection by October 23, 2020. Those who do not provide a preference will be given a 95 gallon cart by default. Selections can be made in one of two ways:
4. What color are the carts?
a. The carts will be dark grey with a black lid.
5. When is my garbage collection day?
a. It depends on where you live within the city. Residents west of Coolidge Hwy. have a Thursday trash collection and residents east of Coolidge Hwy. have a Friday trash collection. See a map of these areas here. Residents are expected to have their items to the curb by 7:00am on their collection day and no earlier than noon the day prior.
6. What if I want to change my cart size at a later date?
a. Unfortunately, this is a one-time project. Selections made during this process are final. The city will be keeping an inventory of carts on hand for residents to purchase after the project is completed. Carts will be $65 and can be ordered from the Water Department in City Hall.
7. When can I expect delivery?
a. Rehrig Pacific and its partners are scheduled to begin cart deliveries in late November / early December. Delivery of the carts is expected to take 7-10 days.