Ballot measure 4 makes fiscal sense for Lyons’ residents and the Town budget. Vote Yes.
Currently, Lyons residents typically pay between $25 and $30 a month for recycling and trash collection. The Town also invests thousands of dollars every year in the popular yard waste collection and spring clean-up events.
Ballot measure 4 makes fiscal sense for both Lyons’ residents and the Town budget: Residents receive more services at lower or comparable costs, and the Town will save money by no longer having to provide yard waste collection events.
Ballot measure 4 allows the Town to enter into a single-hauler contract with Western Disposal, who became the preferred hauler after a competitive bidding process. The new contract will provide weekly curbside trash collection and biweekly recycle and compost collection.
This will make recycling and composting much more convenient for most Lyons households (multi-family complexes of eight or more units cannot be included) and provide services at lower or comparable prices, with rates starting at $18 per month.
Concerns have been raised about an extra administrative burden or cost to the Town for billing residents through the single-hauler contract. Single-hauler contracts are very common in small communities around the country–in fact, cities manage their own trash system in 70% of the U.S. Here in Colorado, Carbondale, Morrison and Sheridan are good examples of small towns with single-hauler contracts for trash and recycling.
According to other local small cities and towns, it only takes a few minutes a month to integrate the hauler’s data into the town’s utilities billing system. Eleven Front Range cities currently have single hauler contracts and have very minimal administrative costs for the program, including Commerce City, Dacono, Edgewater, Frederick, Golden, Greenwood Village, Lafayette, Louisville, Lone Tree, Morrison and Sheridan.
The cost to the resident in Lafayette for the administration of their single hauler contract, for example, is $0.50 a month. Switching to a single hauler will save both residents and the town money that would have been spent on yard waste collection alone.
A single-hauler waste and recycling contract is not just a win for residents’ pocketbooks, it also is a win for the environment. It is the best and perhaps only opportunity our town has to add curbside composting service, helping us take a huge step toward reducing our waste and carbon footprint.
More than 75% of our town’s waste goes to the landfill. By providing convenient recycling and composting to all homes, residents can recover 50%-60% of their materials. Reducing waste, recycling, and composting are some of the fastest, easiest, and most cost-effective actions we can take today as a community to address climate change.
We won’t get there with our current open-market system, and it is not prudent to expect the Town to continue to budget for yard waste events when we have other more pressing needs. Convenient curbside collection of recycling and composting makes the most fiscal sense.
The proposed contract is a great deal compared to other cities with an open-market system. The City of Boulder has an open-market system that requires haulers to provide recycling and composting, but allows residents to choose their hauler. Boulder residents currently pay $30-$50 per month for comparable services to the contract proposed in Lyons.
Because Lyons went through a competitive bidding process and the chosen hauler can service the entire city, this type of single-hauler contract can greatly reduce rates compared to an open-market system. The prices proposed in Lyons are comparable to other single-hauler contracts in Lafayette and Louisville, proving this is a great deal for our community.
Ballot measure 4 checks all the boxes for success in Lyons: Residents can save money, the Town can reduce costs on yard waste events, and we can reduce our waste and our carbon footprint with expanded recycling and new composting collection. Please join me in voting yes for ballot measure 4.
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