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Huron considers universal trash service

Andy Ouriel • Jun 8, 2014 at 8:31 PM


Huron officials don’t want residents to trash their new plan without first hearing them out.

Council members scheduled a public forum during Tuesday’s meeting to discuss streamlining citywide refuse and recycling services.

Officials contend Huron’s pick-and-choose garbage collection system is far from efficient.

Many of the city’s 3,900 customers — or household units, considered a home or apartment complex — subscribe to one of several plans.

Some customers, for instance, buy multiple 30-gallon bins while others just pay for one. Also, some pay for yard waste services while others don’t.

Huron officials, however, want everyone to subscribe to the same plan, which would cost $200 a year and would consist of people each week receiving:

• About 60-gallons worth of refuse.

• Unlimited curbside recycling.

• Unlimited yard waste pickup.

• Unlimited leaf pickup.

“The most effective way to contain the cost for refuse and recycling is to collectively enforce one level of service that directs everyone’s behavior to the most productive outcome,” Huron city manager Andy White said.

The uniform price of $200 per year won’t increase for those already paying for all these services.

For many others, including those not subscribing to yard waste, they could possibly see their rates increase a bit — from the current rate of $140 a year — if council chooses this new plan.

About half of Huron’s 3,900 customers today don’t have yard waste.

At times, some people who don’t have yard waste deposit their material into bins paid for by others.

“It’s very difficult for the city to enforce this,” White said.

White also argued the new system will be much more efficient.

“It becomes very cost prohibitive to go out with a list on an index card and see who has yard waste and who doesn’t,” White said. He added more yard waste properly disposed of will also comply with federal environmental regulations.

Huron’s the only community fully situated in Erie County to employ a citywide one-hauler system. In Sandusky, for instance, multiple haulers pick up trash.

The city spends roughly $630,000 a year so Clyde-based FSI Disposal can collect trash. Huron then assesses homeowners on water bills to recoup these funds.

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