A joint venture for trash removal among three of the cities in northeast Johnson County is still in its first year, but all three are signing on to continue the program that let them unite to bid for services and get better rates. Westwood, Roeland Park and Fairway organized with the Mid-America Regional Council to bid for trash removal, recycling and yard waste last year.
The joint bid meant a cost reduction for residents. Even with a 2.9 percent increase for 2014, the monthly fee per resident will be $11.91 for all three pickup services – less than neighboring cities and less than the participants had paid on their own. After discussions about how to join together for services that started in 2011, the three worked with MARC to take bids in 2012 to start the program in 2013.
The cities’ bid went to Town and Country Disposal. Each of them is renewing now for 2014 in a program that has worked out well, city staff says. The annual charge of $142.95 (2014) is collected on tax bills. Roeland Park in 2014 will include all of its leaf program charges of $28.06 per year and an administrative fee of $2.90 per year (total $173.92) on its solid waste fee. The other two pass through the Town and Country charges only.
The change to the joint contract meant reductions upwards of $3 per month per resident when it went into effect this year. Two neighboring cities, Prairie Village and Mission, bid their own services and both use Deffenbaugh Industries for trash, recycling and yard waste. Prairie Village is paying a rate of $13.37 per month per household in 2013. Its contract dates to 2002 and was just extended through 2016 last year when it received a rate reduction. Residents are only charged $13.21 this year because of a fund balance and recycling rebates.
Mission also has a multi-year contract with Deffenbaugh that extends through 2019. The current rate is $15.79 per month per resident, but Mission only charges residents $13.59 and covers the difference. As with the other cities, the assessment is on the annual tax bill.