Talking trash

City Council considers changes to solid-waste collection system

The Chico City Council deliberated Tuesday (Nov. 4) on moving away from the open-market solid-waste collection system currently in place.

On Aug. 6, the council authorized City Manager Brian Nakamura to hire R3 Consulting Group, Inc. to provide an assessment of the city’s management of solid-waste collection. At Tuesday’s meeting, Richard Tagore-Erwin of R3 outlined the inefficiencies of the current system, an open-market permit system in which two permit-holders—Waste Management and Recology—compete for both residential and commercial contracts. The open-market competition allows for multiple collection trucks to pick up waste on the same street, which has raised concerns of structural damage to Chico’s roadways.

The council voted 6-1, with Councilman Randall Stone dissenting, for further evaluation of options should the city decide to adopt a franchise agreement for its solid-waste collection system.