What should the future of residential trash & recycling services be in UA?
The City of Upper Arlington is examining alternatives to a sticker-based trash and recycling system. In response to resident complaints and direction from City Council, staff has been closely monitoring the existing collection system, and has found issues that include:
- Many households are not using stickers when disposing of trash or yard waste
- A large number of households do not put out any trash
- Trash and yard waste is being mixed with recycling
- Trash is being illegally placed in private dumpsters and trash cans
- Blowing trash and recycling on windy days creates litter in the community
- Bulk items are often left on the street
- A recycling program that once generated revenue to help supplement solid waste services now costs $20 per ton of material collected
Currently, Upper Arlington uses a "pay as you throw" sticker program for the disposal of trash and yard waste, designed to encourage recycling and reduce the amount of solid waste taken to the landfill. Stickers are one way to implement a "pay as you throw" system, where residents pay in proportion to how much they use the service.
As we explore alternatives, we would like to hear from residents what features of trash service are important to you. This information will help us set priorities and goals for an enhanced trash collection program within the City.
For more information and updates visit the City's Trash and Recycling webpage.