Solid Waste Forum Presentation 04 March 2011


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Presented to the public at the March 7, 2011 forum on solid waste management.

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  • Contact information on website Appointed November 2010 List alphabetically
  • Access to the landfill provided by a variety of vehicle permits, free recycling permits, day passes (one day passes), disabled/elderly permits, etc.
  • Note that the “washed hands” approach has been taken off the table.
  • Give very brief overview of Stantec Study Complex, complicated subject!
  • The ability to “Opt Out” is a regulatory requirement $400 fee per household average…expand on this
  • Information derived from current collection contracts.
  • Post-recycling waste generation estimates
  • Provide details for questions in notes (hours of operation, assumptions)
  • Non-motorized collection
  • Show charts?
  • Legally, we cannot enforce producer responsibility on a local level Mention “under consideration”
  • Mention NCTV broadcast Mention deadline
  • Solid Waste Forum Presentation 04 March 2011

    1. 1. Solid Waste Reduction & Management Task Force Voting Members: Wendy Foxmyn, Task Force Co-Chair Mark Carmien, Task Force Co-Chair Terry Culhane, Board of Public Works Marianne Labarge, City Council Ward 6 David Narkewicz, City Council Chair Mimi Odgers, Water Not Waste Donna Salloom, Board of Health Rosemary Schmidt, Board of Public Works David Starr, GreenNorthampton
    2. 2. Task Force Charge <ul><li>The City of Northampton will be closing the Glendale Road Landfill in </li></ul><ul><li>mid-2012. Future landfill expansion at the current landfill site is expressly forbidden by City ordinance. This Task Force is charged with developing recommendations for the Board of Public Works for the reduction and management of solid waste in the City. These recommendations should include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A commitment to maximizing reduction, recycling and diversion of waste from the waste stream. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The proposed programming must be financially self-sustaining with revenues generated from operations managed within the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund, not through the City’s General Fund. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearly laid out alternatives with their associated costs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Task Force should use a variety of methods to gather public input as they develop their recommendations. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Current Waste Collection Systems <ul><li>A bout half of the 1-4 family households in the City contract with private haulers for curbside trash </li></ul><ul><li>and recycling services. </li></ul><ul><li>The other half use the City's’ residential drop-off facilities on Locust Street and Glendale Road. </li></ul><ul><li>Multifamily dwellings (>4 units) & businesses contract privately for waste collection. </li></ul><ul><li>All residents, businesses and institutions presently have access to the City’s landfill facilities. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Guiding Principles <ul><li>The City has a role to play in waste management. </li></ul><ul><li>Trash fees should utilize some type of unit-based pricing (“Pay-As-You-Throw”). </li></ul><ul><li>Priority considerations include (but are not limited to): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs for residents, as well as for the City </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental protection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waste reduction and sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feasibility of implementation </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Information Sources <ul><li>Solid Waste Management Alternatives Study (Stantec, July 2009) is a wealth of information, providing a basis for the options under consideration </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting with local waste haulers on 12/20/10 (Allied Waste Services, Alternative Recycling Systems, Duseau Trucking, Pedal People and Waste Management) </li></ul><ul><li>DEP Consultant Arlene Miller </li></ul><ul><li>DPW staff support </li></ul><ul><li>Technical data </li></ul><ul><li>Public input </li></ul>
    6. 6. Waste Collection Options <ul><li>Drop-off at transfer station(s) </li></ul><ul><li>City contracted curbside collection </li></ul><ul><li>Private subscription curbside collection </li></ul><ul><li>Various combinations are being considered </li></ul><ul><li>Under any of these options, residents can contract directly with a private hauler for curbside collection and disposal or rely on private solid waste transfer stations </li></ul><ul><li>Curbside collection may include non-motorized services </li></ul>
    7. 7. Basis for Cost Estimates <ul><li>Experience of other municipalities in MA </li></ul><ul><li>Solid Waste Alternatives Study (Stantec) </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal and other data provided by DEP </li></ul><ul><li>Locally-collected data </li></ul>
    8. 8. Materials Management <ul><li>All options have the potential for the collection and management of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Residential waste </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recyclables (paper, cardboard, bottles & cans, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to manage wastes (including but not limited to): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yard & leaf wastes and other compostable materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bulky wastes (furniture, rugs, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>White goods (appliances with freon, stoves, washers & dryers) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Electronics (computers, televisions, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scrap metal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tires </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mattresses & box springs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Universal wastes (products containing mercury) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reusable products (clothing, textiles, shoes, books, electronic media) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Automotive products (used motor oil, antifreeze, batteries, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Household hazardous wastes, sharps and unwanted medications </li></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Waste Generation Assumptions 1 person household 9.2 gallons of trash/week Family of 2 32.3 gallons of trash/week Family of 4 74.4 gallons of trash/week
    10. 10. Option 1 – City Transfer Stations & Private Subscription Service <ul><li>Maintain Locust Street and Glendale Road transfer stations </li></ul><ul><li>Residents buy “Pay-As-You-Throw” bags at stores or continue with bag sticker system </li></ul><ul><li>City operates transfer station and hauls waste to disposal site; City contracts for waste disposal at a location other than the Northampton landfill </li></ul><ul><li>Private subscription service or transfer station continues to be an option </li></ul><ul><li>No fundamental change to current collection system, although costs will increase due to the landfill closure </li></ul>
    11. 11. Option 2 – Citywide Curbside Collection Only <ul><li>Single City contract with private hauler for curbside collection of residential waste, recyclables and “difficult to manage” wastes from 1-4 unit dwellings </li></ul><ul><li>Close both Locust Street and Glendale Road transfer stations </li></ul>.
    12. 12. Option 3 – Citywide Curbside Collection with Glendale Road Transfer Station <ul><li>Single City contract with private hauler for curbside collection of residential waste, recyclables and “difficult to manage” wastes </li></ul><ul><li>from 1-4 unit dwellings </li></ul><ul><li>Glendale Road transfer station open for residents who choose not to participate in </li></ul><ul><li>the City’s curbside collection program </li></ul><ul><li>Locust Street transfer station closed </li></ul>
    13. 13. Option 4 – Citywide Curbside Collection with Glendale Road Transfer Station (Difficult To Manage Wastes Only) <ul><li>Single City contract with private hauler for curbside collection of residential waste, recyclables and “difficult to manage” wastes </li></ul><ul><li>from 1-4 family dwellings </li></ul><ul><li>Glendale Road transfer station open for difficult to manage wastes only </li></ul><ul><li>Locust Street transfer station closed </li></ul>
    14. 14. Weighing the Options <ul><li>Non-cost considerations (goals, values, etc.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City role/flexibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waste Reduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental benefit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implementability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cost considerations </li></ul>
    15. 15. Waste Reduction <ul><li>Increase recycling education and outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Create “Zero-Waste” policies </li></ul><ul><li>Establish reuse program and/or facility </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a Resource Recovery Park </li></ul><ul><li>Support “Product Stewardship” initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Ban materials that cannot be recycled (e.g., Styrofoam take-out containers) </li></ul><ul><li>Promote backyard composting & other organics diversion programs </li></ul><ul><li>Enforce mandatory recycling regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor special collections </li></ul>
    16. 16. We’re Listening… <ul><li>The Task Force is sincerely interested in hearing and considering public comment. We have allotted 1-1/2 hours for public comment.  </li></ul><ul><li>We encourage all who wish to speak to do so.  You may also submit written comments, instead of or in addition to speaking.  </li></ul><ul><li>We ask you to abide to a 3-minute time limit.  </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone who wishes to speak should sign in. The names will be called in order, and everyone who signs in will have at least one opportunity to speak.  If time allows, you may speak again, after all others have spoken. </li></ul><ul><li>If someone has already spoken to your concerns, please let us know of your agreement and keep your comments short in order to allow different perspectives to be heard. </li></ul><ul><li>The facilitators will keep time and will help to keep comments focused on the subject matter. </li></ul><ul><li>We ask all in attendance to listen to each other, so we may all learn. </li></ul>
    17. 17. We’re Still Listening… You can provide input in other ways, too! Come to another public forum at the Northampton Senior Center on Conz Street on Friday, March 11 at 2pm Obtain contact information for Task Force members at the Task Force’s website: Join our Google Group by following the links on the Task Force’s website Submit your comments in writing (email, mail or drop off at the DPW) Participate in the public comment period at future Task Force meetings ( 3/14, 3/21 and 3/28) Please note: All comments and communications become public records.