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Department of Public Works

Consolidated Collection

Due to the current health risks, and social distancing standards the consolidated collection public meeting scheduled for March 24, 2020 has been cancelled. Please look for information on the City of Burlington website, and Front Porch Forum for future meeting dates.

Feasibility Study


To better serve residents and examine how other communities have implemented waste collection practices, the City of Burlington Department of Public Works (DPW) along with the City of South Burlington Department of Public Works is studying a potential new consolidated system for the collection of residential household trash, recyclables, and food scraps. Currently in Burlington, DPW collects residential recyclables, and residents contract with private haulers to collect residential garbage and compost or haul it to the appropriate facility themselves. Under a consolidated collection system the City would enter into agreements with haulers to consolidate residential trash, recycling and food scraps collection services.

BACKGROUND

The City of Burlington is undertaking this process following a 2018 City Council resolution in order to determine if consolidated collection can reduce environmental impacts, lower residential costs, and improve infrastructure and noise impacts. In January 2019, Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) procured a consultant on behalf of Burlington and South Burlington to produce a feasibility study and take a closer look at how consolidated collection might work. The study has determined there are likely to be key community benefits, but public input will guide next steps.

The District’s RFP listed the stated objectives of possible consolidated collection to the cities of Burlington and South Burlington as:

  1. Reduced environmental costs of excess truck traffic;

  2. Reduced costs to residents and haulers through more efficient collection routes;

  3. Reduced infrastructure impacts of excess truck traffic;

  4. Increased recycling through direct and consistent education to residents;

  5. Reduced litter and increased recycling using wheeled carts by all residents.;

  6. Increased diversion by using consolidated collection as the most cost-effective mechanism to add collection of food scraps;

  7. Increased safety on local roads;

  8. Reduced noise in neighborhoods and

  9. Better compliance with state and local mandates.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Due to the current health risks, and social distancing standards the consolidated collection public meeting scheduled for March 24, 2020 has been cancelled. Please look for information on the City of Burlington website, and Front Porch Forum for future meeting dates.

Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the community meeting which will include:
- Overview of the Feasibility Study
- Overview of a phone survey conducted in June 2019
- Opportunity for questions and comments
- Overview of next steps as the City considers whether to pursue consolidated collection

There will be a second meeting scheduled for later in spring.

 

Questions or Feedback on the Study:


Contact:

Lee Perry
    Assistant Director, Maintenance Division
    LPerry@burlingtonvt.gov, 802-863-9094