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« on: May 04, 2009, 10:17:15 PM »

Trash those Trash Cans!....or at least don't replace those cans that the plows whacked a few times last winter!

The Town Council voted tonight to change the Town's Solid waste collection program. The new program moves to an "automated" collection of trash, the curbside recycling program will remain the same.

So what does that mean to you? Your old trash cans are, well trash. Each household will be issued one of those large (64 gallon) wheeled containers that you've seen in other towns. The trucks will have automated arms to grab the new receptacles and empty them into the trucks, hence the "automated" collection. You'll be limited to a maximum of one receptacle per week, which should accommodate most families. Recycling is still unlimited and will require glass and plastic in one bin paper and cardboard in another.

The new program will save the town a fair amount over the next few years.

So if you were thinking about replacing those beaten up cans...hang onto them for a few more months. The new program should start sometime in July


Introduced: 05/04/09
Second Read/Public Hearing: waived
Adopted: 05/04/09

RESOLUTION 2009-06 A Resolution Relative to the Award of Contracts for Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling Services

WHEREAS the Town’s current contracts for solid waste and recycling collection and disposal are to expire, with extensions to said contracts available to the Town; and

WHEREAS the Department of Public Works and Solid Waste Committee collaborated to develop a Request for Proposal for these services; and

WHEREAS the Town received proposals from qualified vendors which result in significant cost savings to the Town;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Council of the Town of Londonderry hereby authorizes the Town Manager to execute documents to award solid waste collection (automated), recycling (dual stream), and disposal contracts to Allied Waste Services.
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2009, 09:20:53 AM »

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: PRESS RELEASE - Londonderry Solid Waste Program Changes
From: "Michael L. Brown"
Date: Sat, May 09, 2009 7:56 am
To: "'Glenn Douglas'"

Hi Glenn:

PRESS RELEASE - Londonderry Solid Waste Program Changes

It would be greatly appreciated if you could have the attached press release about Londonderry's Solid Waste program changes, published on the Town Underground web site.  Thank you very much in advance for your assistance.

Regards,
Londonderry Town Council

Mike Brown
Kathy Wagner
Brian Farmer
Paul DiMarco
Sean O'Keefe



PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2009

The subject of bidding out the solid waste contract renewal first arose at Council meetings during the budget process, when the Solid Waste Advisory Committee and DPW department discussed whether doing so would save the Town and taxpayers money.  DPW and the Solid Waste Advisory Committee developed a bid package outlining several different alternatives for both Solid Waste & Recycling collection.  Bids were received from five qualified vendors and those proposals were analyzed and presented to the Town Council at its meeting on May 4th.

The DPW department and Solid Waste Advisory Committee reviewed all of the service options & related costs with the Town Council at this meeting, and recommended the Council adopt a change to the way the town currently handles Solid Waste collection, saving the town approximately $358,000 when compared to the existing service. In addition, the new method would also encourage a much greater rate of recycling within the community.  The method by which recycling is currently collected will remain the same under the new agreement.

After hearing the presentation and asking numerous questions about the proposal, the five members of the Town Council were comfortable with the recommended change and voted unanimously to adopt it at the May 4th meeting. As this item was a policy resolution and not an ordinance change, the Council had the responsibility under the Town Charter to act on this agenda item on May 4th. The Council was comfortable with the presentation and the options available and voted to accept the recommended change accordingly, as we were elected to do.

As discussed at the May 4th Council meeting, there will be procedures for residents to contact DPW for relief, should their individual situation warrant an exception.  In addition, the DPW department & Solid Waste Advisory Committee are working with the vendor Allied Waste Services to facilitate a communication awareness & education outreach program between now and July 1st to help prepare our residents for the change.

This effort will include:

• DPW will place an informational slide on the Town web page on Monday or Tuesday of next week, outlining the basics of the new program.

• Allied will create a new video of 7-10 minutes for the Town to use for educational awareness.

• DPW and the Solid Waste Committee will record a local cable show to discuss the new programs, tentatively scheduled for May 20 or 21.

• Allied will provide brochures with the new 65 gallon carts, which will also include additional information from the town.

• Allied has automated trucks on order with current delivery for the July start up.  These trucks will have a manual lift for areas that the trucks can't access properly with the automated arm.

• Carts will be delivered to residents during the first two weeks of July.  Residents can start using these carts as soon as they receive them and Allied will send around 2 types of trucks until all carts have been delivered.

• Allied will coordinate the transition for solid waste containers at municipal and multi-family locations that are currently provided by Waste Management for the last week of June.

• DPW will create a display for the Town office 1st floor lobby for recycling and the new carts.

• DPW will obtain from Assessing an electronic list of all locations that will receive the new solid waste carts. This list is needed for Allied to assign cart serial numbers.

• The recycling program will be improved to allow corrugated cardboard to be 3’ x 3’ (instead of 2’ x 2’) and it no longer has to be put out as a separate bundle (it can be placed together with the mixed paper).

• Old trash barrels can be used as recycling containers if they are properly labeled as such.  Allied will provide labels for residents to use.

• Allied is willing to set up a “trash barrel collection day” at the Drop Off Center to collect old plastic trash barrels if people do not want to re-use them.  Metal type trash barrels can be placed in our own scrap metal bin.

• The School District has agreed to distribute electronic information about the new program through their network of email addresses.  This will reach approximately 85% of the parents in town.

The Town as a whole has embraced recycling for a number of years now, and this change represents one of the areas in the municipal budget where residents can proactively control town expenditures without a reduction in service.

Londonderry Town Council
Mike Brown
Kathy Wagner
Brian Farmer
Paul DiMarco
Sean O'Keefe


* Press Release-Londonderry Solid Waste Program.pdf (29.68 KB - downloaded 188 times.)
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