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The Hudson Environmental Awareness Committee recently presented a report to City Council on their research into the concept of using a single trash hauler in Hudson. Council asked the EAC to work with City staff to develop a survey for residents to gather their input on a single-hauler concept.
Hudson currently is in the middle of a three-year contract with Republic Services as the City’s preferred trash and recycling hauler. The contract, approved by City Council in February, 2019, allows residents to use Republic Services or opt to contract with three other haulers - Kimble Companies, AA Sanitation, and Waste Management. The current cost to residents varies from $18.08 a month for Republic Services to $29.58 a month for Waste Management for both refuse and recycling services.
The City’s decision to choose a preferred hauler led to lower costs for most residents. The study done by the Hudson EAC through speaking with officials in other cities about their trash services concluded that a single hauler would likely bring that cost down even lower because companies would complete for that single contract.
Currently, with four haulers collecting trash, up to eight trucks are driving on City streets on trash pickup days, which can damage the roads. A single hauler would have to add trucks but would reduce truck traffic by 50% or more, trash officials have said.
Other cities have opted to contract with one trash hauler, determining that it leads to lower costs for residents, because the trash hauler has all households as customers. It also causes less wear and tear on city streets.
Of the 15 communities reviewed, Hudson is the only city that does not have a single hauler. Some cities with a single hauler offer residents the opportunity to opt-out or offer multiple levels of service to allow residents to select the plan that they prefer.
Council agreed with the EAC that a survey of residents should be conducted to determine citizen views regarding trash hauling. Council asked city officials to work with the committee on the survey. More details will be provided when the survey is completed. If you would like to contact the Environmental Awareness Committee to give feedback in the meantime, you can send an email to EAC@hudson.oh.us.
View the Environmental Awareness Committee’s presentation to Council here.