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Solid Waste Cost of Service and Rate Study and Organics Processing Feasibility Analysis

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The City has received feedback from customers on several solid waste services, including street sweeping and yard material pile collection schedules.  Now that the City-wide organics collection program has been in place for a full year, the City is reviewing the program results and ultimate destination of the collected organics materials in order to make the most fiscal and environmentally responsible decisions on rates, collection schedules and material destinations.

The City has hired consultants to conduct thorough reviews on potential organics processing facilities and solid waste services and rates. Once the studies have been completed, they will be reviewed at the Natural Resources and Utility Rate Advisory Commissions and then will be presented to City Council for review and decisions on what (if any) changes will be implemented.

  • February 5, 2019 City Council Meeting Agenda

    Solid Waste Program Yard Material Pile Collection Service Options
    1. Receive feedback from solid waste service customers and Commissions on yard material pile collection schedule alternatives
    2. Based on feedback and Council discussion, select a yard material pile collection schedule for implementation
    3. Direct staff to work with Recology and return within the next few months with an amendment to the Agreement for Collection and Handling of Solid Waste and an Ordinance update to the Municipal Code to implement the chosen collection schedule


  • City Commission discussion of the potential modifications to yard material collection service
  • January 7, 2019 Community Open House to discuss potential changes to yard material collection service

    On October 30, the Davis City Council directed staff to research specific yard material collection schedules in an effort to identify cost containment measures for the service, and to review potential ways to provide more efficient delivery of services. At a follow-up meeting on December 4, staff presented the alternative yard material collection schedules. City Council selected three options to be discussed at this public meeting and with City Commissions.

Yard material collection options being considered:

For comparison, the current collection schedule (monthly pick-ups from January to mid-October, then weekly pick-ups from mid-October to mid-December) was also provided at the open house. For those who could not attend the open house, comments and feedback submitted via email by no later than January 21, 2019 will be included in the summary provided to City Council.