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NEW REFUSE CONTRACT DISCUSSION October 1, 2013 Erik Grabowsky Department of Environmental Services Solid Waste Bureau
The Opportunity Bates refuse contract expires on June 30, 2014: Routes 1,2,3,9,10 kmG refuse contract expires on June 30, 2014: Routes 4,5,6,7,8
Background on the County’s Integrated Solid Waste Management System • In 2004 the County Board adopted the Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). This 20-year planning document laid the foundation for the continued enhancement of the County’s solid waste management system and presented a plan for further development of the County’s solid waste services. • SWMP states, “Arlington County wants to be a leader in solid waste reduction and recycling in the Commonwealth.” • The SWMP outlines the introduction of year-round yard waste and food waste collection to the already comprehensive list of services provided. • The 2004 SWMP’s goals for the County’s recycling rate are: • 37% by 2014 • 42% by 2019 • 47% by 2024 • The Solid Waste Committee’s proposed revisions to the recycling rate goals: • 50% by 2015 • 55% by 2020 • 60 % by 2025
Integrated Solid Waste Management System Minimize Disposal Municipal Solid Waste Domestic/International Production (Manufacturing & Packaging) Improve Recycling Participation & Generation Product Stewardship Change in Package Design/Product Manufacturing Recovery for Recycling Trash Disposal Composting Yard Waste Food Waste Metal White goods Metal items Consumer Purchase Change in Purchasing Habits MRF Plastics, Metal Paper, Glass EPRY Leaves, Brush Inert Materials E-Waste Computers Televisions Electronics WTE (Recovery for Combustion) Source Reduction Consumer Diversion Change in Donation/ Reuse Habits Waste Reduction Expanded recycling materials as tech. improves 100% reuse of materials generated within the County Curbside Recycling Program Ferrous Metal Recovery Composting Grasscycling Reuse WTE (Residuals) Landfill (Residuals) Landfill Ash (Monofill) Ferrous Metal Recovery Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Ash (Monofill) MRF – Materials Recovery Facility EPRY – Earth Products Recycling Yard WTE – Waste to Energy
Household Solid Waste Rate FY14 = $293.76 • Refuse collection • Refuse disposal • Recycling collection • Brush collection • Metal/white goods collection • Electronics Collection • Battery collection • Backdoor collection • Spring yard waste collection • Leaf collection • Refuse/recycling carts • Earth products recycling yard • Call center • Administration
Regional HSWRs *FY13 Rates
2012 Waste Audit ResultsResidential Refuse Toter Contents Note: Average of 4 waste audits in 2012 totaling 9,988 pounds or almost 5 tons of curbside refuse.
Organics Management Today • Promote grasscycling and composting • Yard Waste - Recycled into Mulch - Weekly curbside brush collection - Leaf Collection: November-January - Spring Yard Waste: March-April • Food Waste - Trash
Urban Agriculture Task Force Report • 9 Recommended Priorities • D. Implement an environmentally sound and effective food waste and recycling system while increasing healthy soils. • 9. Initiate a municipal composting system to ensure an effective and ecologically appropriate disposal, reuse, and recycling system for food scraps, yard waste and other organic materials.
Composting Facilities near Arlington County
Greenhouse Gas Impacts GHG Savings from 100% Diversion of Residential Organics from WTE*: The EPA Waste Reduction Model (WARM) shows that taking organic waste to a composting facility generates less GHG emissions than taking it to the WTE/incinerator. *Based on EPA WARM model results for 12,953 tons of yard waste and 21,455 tons of single-stream organics (SSO). MTCO2E=metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent; MTCE=metric tons carbon equivalent
Organic Waste Program Options Yard waste = leaves, grass, weeds, brush, plants, shrubs, branches • Bag System: • Self Purchased • County Provided • Cart System • Bag & Cart Option -Bags now for yard waste and add 3rd cart when food waste collection is implemented
What the Community is Telling Us(Survey Data) • 496 survey responses • Which of the following program and operational changes for the county’s Solid Waste Management System would you support? • Additional curbside yard waste and food waste pickup in the same cart, 70.1%, 337 responses • Additional curbside yard waste pickup only , 23.5%, 113 responses • Additional curbside food waste pickup only, 6.4%, 31 responses http://www.peakdemocracy.com/p/105We've developed a brief informational presentation and a quick survey to find out if, and how, Arlington residents would like to see their curb-side recycling services expanded
Three Cart Option The future could look like this . . .
Budget Decision • RFP process will move forward. • Negotiated RFP pricing and programs will be evaluated as part of the budget process. Staff will make a recommendation. • County Manager will consider options as part of her budget proposal. • County Board will adopt budget.