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Public works encompasses refuse collection, street maintenance and signage on city-maintained roads, storm sewer maintenance, NPDES stormwater program, yard waste collection, and snow/ice removal on city-maintained roads.

Refuse, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection Recommendation

In an effort to maximize our operating efficiency, we are recommending that refuse, recycling and yard waste collection be contracted to a private hauler. Residents will not need to contract with haulers independently, nor will a separate charge for solid waste collection be charged, and City staff will remain the single point of contact for all customer service concerns. We encourage everyone to take some time to read the below documentation, and contact us with any questions or concerns in advance of the City Council meeting on October 12, when a decision regarding this recommendation will be made.

We greatly appreciate the feedback that we have received to date, and we appreciate the opportunity to present revised alternatives based on this feedback; full details can be found in the “Refuse Recommendation Supplement” document found below. In particular, we would like to highlight:  

  • No layoffs are associated with this proposal. Senior employees will have the option of full pension packages as well as incentives for early retirement, and all employees will have employment opportunities within other divisions of the Public Works and Water Resources Department. Our employees are valued and have been engaged, with their union representatives, from the very beginning of this process, and we have avoided filling vacant positions to provide opportunities for former refuse employees.

  • New, union-represented employement opportunities will be created with the private hauler contracted for this service, which may be enticing to former refuse employees.

  • Leaf collection is not affected by this proposal.

  • Bulk collections will be provided as they are today under this proposal.

  • No separate fee will be charged to our residents, and City of Newark staff will remain the single point of contact to resolve all customer service concerns.

At our September 21 workshop, we also heard loud and clear from those in attendance that a tax increase that would provide the same level of additional revenue as the proposed savings from outsourcing of refuse, recycling and yard waste collection should be considered as well. Documentation associated with this proposal can be found below as well.

Original RFP


Memo: Staff Response to Resident Questions/Comments

Memo: Staff Response to Tax Increase Alternative Option

Analysis: Tax Increase Alternative Option (spreadsheet)

Memo: Refuse Division Operating Expenditures

Slide Presentation from September 21 Council Workshop

Refuse Recommendation Supplement

Toledo, OH-Republic Partnership (.msg file)

Link to Video RE: Toledo, OH-Republic Partnership