SAPCC Supports Organized Trash Collection
At the SAPCC Board meeting on May 11th, the Board passed a resolution recommended from by the Environment Committee supporting Organized Trash Collection.
The Environment Committee writes:
"We, the members of the Environment Committee, of the St. Anthony Park (SAP) Community Council, go on record as being in favor of citywide organized trash collection for St. Paul, with the resolution to include advantages and concerns listed below.
We also encourage the SAP Community Council Board to pass a resolution to encourage the city to establish a citywide organized trash collection for St. Paul.
We see many important advantages in consolidating trash hauling. First, there would be fewer trucks on our roads and in our alleys, decreased wear and tear and therefore reducing street maintenance. Currently, some alleys see six or more trucks a week. Fewer trucks traveling to each neighborhood would mean less fuel used and, essentially, wasted. There would be a concomitant reduction in noise, vibration, and air pollution. Finally, organized trash hauling in a more central way could mean there will be less unauthorized dumping of refuse. All of these benefits add up to an improved quality of life."
The Committee noted a few steps they would like the City to take in approving organized trash collection, including: an arbitration clause to deal with financial liabilities; a system of accountability for customer service assurances; and an investment in Zero Waste initiatives.