What is Happening Now
UPDATED Sept. 6, 2023:
At the Sept. 5 City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously to begin an exploratory process to gather information about the benefits and challenges of organized hauling.
IMPORTANT! The City Council did NOT vote to adopt an organized hauling system. They only voted to formally begin an exploratory process to research organized hauling.
What is Organized Hauling or Organized Collection
Coon Rapids currently operates an "open hauling" system, which means residents choose a hauling company from a list of approved providers. Coon Rapids currently has five licensed haulers that provide service to residents. "Organized hauling" (also called organized collection) is a waste collection system in which the City manages, contracts and coordinates residential curbside waste and/or recycling.
One organized hauling option could be a consortium model, which would provide each hauler that currently operates in Coon Rapids a certain number of households to serve that is equal to their current market share. That means all five haulers that serve Coon Rapids residents now, would be included in formulating a consortium system. The City would assign each hauler to a different section of the city and determine which day collection would occur.
Another organized hauling option is a single hauler model, in which only one company provides all service citywide.
Why Consider a Change?
Waste collection is an important service, which all residents are required to have by law. The City strives to maintain essential services at the highest level possible, while keeping costs affordable. The goal is to determine the most efficient way to deliver this service to residents that ensures affordable prices and quality service, while also minimizing negative impacts on roads, safety, public health and the environment (which also come at a cost to taxpayers).
Additional information to consider:
Advantages of Organized Hauling
Advantages of Open Hauling
What Will Happen Next
The exploratory process will follow these steps:
City Council directed staff to proceed with the exploratory process on Sept. 5. The City provided formal notice to existing hauler.
Council members, City staff and waste haulers are required to "meet and confer." This meeting is scheduled during a City Council work session on Sept. 26, 2023. This is a discussion between haulers and the City. Topics of discussion may include: road deterioration, public safety, pricing mechanisms and contractual considerations.
The groups may come to a joint resolution, or discuss ways to proceed with negotiations, and/or decide to continue the exploratory process.
Following that meeting, if a resolution is not achieved, a state-mandated 60-day negotiation period begins between existing haulers and City.
If negotiations are not resolved between haulers and the City after 60 days, the City may choose to create a committee to research all waste hauling options. The committee would include council representatives, staff, waste haulers, community members and other stakeholders.
Want to participate in the committee? Complete an interest form.*
*Two at large community members will be chosen by lottery, if a committee is formed.
Committee meets regularly to discuss and research the benefits and challenges of organized hauling.
Committee issues a final report, which includes recommendations for Council consideration.
Formal public hearing allows opportunity for the community to share input about the committee's report.
City Council votes to accept or reject the committee's recommendations.
How to Provide Input
The City has created an online feedback form and a phone hotline to provide residents with the opportunity to share input.
- Online: Complete a public input form.
- Phone: Leave voicemail feedback at 763-755-2880 (press option 5).
Frequently Asked Questions
|Q: Will my bill go up? I don't want to lose my current promotional rate.|
|A: In an organized hauling system, the City negotiates contract rates with haulers on behalf of all residents. Rates are predetermined and remain locked for the duration of the contract period. A study done by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency found that the average monthly household rates are generally lower in organized hauling systems versus open hauling systems. At the end of each contract term, the City is able to go out for bid to achieve competitive rates.|
|Q: I am on a fixed income, what if I can't afford the rate?|
|A: Any organized hauling system will include reduced rate options for seniors and/or people on a fixed income that meet certain requirements.|
|Q: Will I lose my walk-up service? I have a special arrangement with my waste hauler due to my age or disability, etc.|
|A: Residents with special needs will not lose the option for walk-up service. If hauling were to become organized by the City, these are common requests that would be addressed in any new contract.|
|Q: What happens if I am a snowbird or take extended vacations?|
|A: Residents will still have the ability to make specific service arrangements with their hauler. In an organized hauling system, these are common requests that would be addressed in any new contract.|
|Q: Will service get worse? What if I have concerns about service?|
|A: Organized hauling is a contract between haulers and the City. Any organized hauling contract would include criteria for service that must be met by all haulers and would also include a process for dealing with or removing a hauler that fails to meet or maintain the criteria. In some organized hauling systems, all customer complaints are received and monitored by City staff to ensure that contracts are being upheld and quality service is maintained. An organized system may provide more leverage to a large group of customers acting as a unit versus a concern from a single household.|
|Q: Does organized hauling remove competition and free market in favor of a monopoly? How will the City will get the best cost and service?|
|A: An organized hauling system is not the same as a monopoly. Organized hauling is a contract between the City and one hauler - OR between the City and multiple haulers. There is a bidding and negotiation process before entering into a contract. During the bidding and negotiation process, the City can dictate cost and service expectations and requirements. There is a statutory process that guides the contract negotiations between the City and hauler(s).|
This webpage will continue to be updated throughout the exploratory process.
Check back regularly for the latest information. More Frequently Asked Questions will be added and answered as staff continues to determine common topics of interest from residents related to organized hauling.