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This week brings more solid waste discussion at the City Council with a new twist: Will the city augment service from the claw with “dump coupons?”
The City Council discussed proposed changes to the city solid waste and recycling program in March, including changing curbside recycling to every-other-week collection, implementing year-round containerized yard waste collection and retiring loose-in-the-street pickup by the claw for all but three months of the year.
Now, after months of community outreach on the proposed changes, a new idea is being floated based on public comments from those discussions: dump coupons.
The idea stems from the proposed return of the Neighborhood Cleanup Program, which was suspended in 2010. That program allows residents to schedule one appointment per year for the city to pick up large items like appliances, furniture and large yard waste that will not fit in a garbage or yard waste can.
But residents said that one appointment isn’t enough – especially with the proposed changes to the overall waste pickup program in the city.
They suggested introducing a pilot dump coupon program that would allow residents to deliver up to five cubic yards of waste to the Sacramento Recycling and Transfer Station (at no charge to the resident) once per year.
The city would pick up the tab for the tipping fee – the per-ton fee the station charges for accepting waste. The cost of such a pilot program is not estimated in the city staff report.
Dump coupons likely won’t solve all of the problems associated with changes to the city’s collection system, but could give residents a respite from being overwhelmed by the amount of yard waste they have to deal with each year.
Here is the staff report to the City Council on the proposed solid waste changes:
The City Council is expected to include the possible pilot program Tuesday as part of a larger discussion on the city’s solid waste and recycling business plan. The City Council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 915 I St.