The city is exploring the possibility of changing to an organized collection system for garbage pick-up. In an organized collection system, the city would contract with one vendor who would provide service to all residential properties in Englewood.
Get Involved: Join the Organized Trash Collection Committee
The City Council is soliciting citizens to participate in a topic committee related to organized trash collection. This is a temporary committee, not a standing committee of the City.
Several Boards and Commissions have expressed interest in exploring options for how garbage and recycling service is provided in the community. Currently, each property contracts with an independent firm to receive trash service. In an organized collection system, the city would contract with one vendor who would provide service to all residential properties in Englewood. The committee would meet approximately 3-5 times between late-March and late-May. The objective would be to evaluate the results of proposals received by various waste haulers and make recommendations to the City Council on next steps in the process.
All final actions on this topic will be actions of Council.
To fill out the application, click here.
Currently, garbage service in Englewood is classified as an “open subscription system.” This means that property owners must contract with a service provider and pay the company directly. The only involvement from the city, per the municipal code, is that all properties must subscribe to a service and haulers are required to be licensed through the city. The city cannot dictate how service is provided. For example, the city cannot require companies to pick up garbage or recycling only in alleys. Also, per the code, pickup is limited to Mondays and Wednesdays between 7 am and 10 pm near residential areas or hotels.
Several boards and commissions, including the Englewood Transportation Advisory Committee, Keep Englewood Beautiful, and the Budget Advisory Committee, as well as the Citizens for the Advancement of a Sustainable Englewood, have expressed interest in exploring options for how garbage and recycling service is provided in the city. In April 2019, the city council formed a citizen’s advisory committee, comprised of membership from these groups, to assist in guiding the efforts of city staff to collect additional information.
The advantages and disadvantages of an organized collection system are:
- Increased efficiency (every house on the block is served by the same company) which results in:
- Lower cost per household
- Decreased impacts from truck traffic (pavement wear & tear, noise, emissions)
- Decreased fuel consumption
- Greater community control over waste management including the ability to structure the program in alignment with community goals
- Competitive bidding process ensures lowest price – you pay what your neighbor pays; increases are included in the contract and are therefore planned and predictable
- Households do not have a choice in their provider; if you are dissatisfied with the service, there are limited options to continuing with the current provider
- Greater administrative involvement and oversight by the city
- Hauling companies have more limited opportunities to compete for contracts