FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2019
In an effort to save money and improve service, the City is phasing out contracted trash collection in favor of expanding the Solid Waste Division so that City crews can pick up trash citywide when the contract expires in 2020. Contractors pick up trash north of the river and south of 63rd Street, but KCMO officials said with service complaints on the rise, it’s time for a change.
“Seventy-eight percent of complaints (in the last year) related to trash and recycling collection came from the contract crews,” said Michael Shaw, solid waste division manager. Shaw told council members in-house trash collection would save the city nearly $20 million over a 10-year period.
The current budget includes about $21.9 million for solid waste. Of that amount, some $7.2 million is set aside for trash collection in north and south KCMO.
“The model (using contractors) that we’ve used for probably 40 years is coming to an end,” City Manager Troy Schulte said.
Not only will in-house trash pickup save money and improve service levels, Shaw said the plan allows Solid Waste to expand bulky item and leaf/brush pickups and enhance neighborhood cleanup programs. Under the plan, the Solid Waste Division will hire nearly 80 new workers and add nearly two dozen new trash trucks. Citywide in-house trash collection could begin as early as May 2020.
Recycling collection is under contract until 2024 and is unaffected by the trash collection plan.
For more information, contact Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala at 816-513-3202.