Expanding Waste Hauler Franchise Options for Businesses in Our Communities
Posted by Councilmember Englander on August 04, 2017 at 1:05 PM
Today, I introduced a motion, co-authored by my colleague, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, to create more flexible pricing options for businesses and commercial properties covered under the new recycLA waste hauler franchise.
We're just seeing the beginning of complaints about the new waste hauler franchise as more businesses and commercial properties see their pricing options. While haulers are required by contract to 'right-size' services based on the needs of the client, the current pricing scheme does not have enough flexibility to reflect the full range of needs for area businesses.
Businesses and commercial properties covered by the new waste hauler franchise have reported steep increases in cost of service with prices doubling or tripling in some cases. Under the current set of options clients can generate less waste than even the smallest bin size yet are still required to pay the price of a full bin. The motion seeks to reduce costs for businesses by exploring the creation of a bin sharing option in which businesses producing less waste can be rewarded with the option to share costs with other low waste businesses.
There is precedent within the City’s existing solid waste infrastructure to support bin sharing and a reduced cost for multiple accounts sharing bins. For example, the City curbside recycling program provides three bins – one each for trash, recyclables and green waste for $36.32/month for single family dwellings and duplexes. Multi-family dwellings with three to five units receive trash, recycling and green waste collection for $24.33/month and share bins.
My motion seeks to create new options including the ability of clients to share costs of service with neighboring businesses should such an arrangement better fit their needs. It also includes a provision to allow multiple business to share bins which, in addition to reducing the cost burden on clients, would further incentivize waste reduction.