Hudson prepares survey for residents on trash collection, recycling preferences

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- The city's Environmental Awareness Committee would like to survey residents on their trash collection and recycling preferences.

Interim City Manager Scott Schroyer said it was a great idea, and the committee wanted to study it further.

"The survey is to find out what the community wants," Schroyer said.

The Environmental Awareness Committee would work with Summit County Reworks to develop questions for the survey.

It is not the first time Council has discussed reducing the number of haulers, restricting pick up days or dividing the city into quadrants to reduce wear and tear on streets by heavy trash vehicles. Council members wanted questions on the survey to include these issues.

Environmental Awareness Committee Vice Chairman Ed Resnick May 27 presented the environmental benefits of having a single organized recycling collection system to increase recycling per household to Hudson City Council. The committee proposes 65-gallon wheeled recycling containers instead of 18-gallon baskets that can become heavy to carry.

The city has three trash collection vendors who serve 97 percent of the residents, which means three trucks travel on the same road for trash hauling and three for recycling, Resnick said. The trucks increase wear and tear on the roads, he added.

Economically, residents could benefit since neighboring communities pay less for 95-gallon container pickup, from $37 to $51 per container per quarter, Resnick said. Hudson costs range from $75 to $100. Hudson has 7,100 customers and could each save $25 per quarter, he added.

The final benefit would be aesthetic with containers only on the street one day per week or in one quadrant. They survey would provide feedback on the type of program the city would pursue, but no decision would be made until after the survey is completed.

The committee sought support from Council to create a survey seeking information from residents. Council members wanted to review the survey before it was sent out.

Council member Alex Kelemen said some home associations have already negotiated a contract with trash haulers, and he would like to see the survey before it goes to residents.

"We need to ask the right questions," Kelemen said. "I'd like us [Council] to sign off on that."

Council member Dan Williams had three questions he wanted included -- what if costs increase? Would you change the day of collection? Are you willing to give up your favorite hauler?

"I've seen inappropriately developed surveys," Williams said.

Council members wanted the group to study the contracts of other communities and the city's trash haulers and make a presentation in the fall with all the options for the city.

Schroyer said the survey would be back to Council July 18 to review before it was sent to residents.

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