The Newport Beach City Council will discuss possible changes in residential trash collection at a Study Session to be held Tuesday afternoon.
“This item is a chance for the Council and community to discuss options for a Request for Proposals for residential trash collection,” the online meeting agenda states.
The agenda states that the city’s trash collection is “premier” and “well-loved by the residents who receive it.”
“Most people would never want to change the current system,” the agenda states. “But laws, regulations, and systems are changing despite that.”
The state of California is increasing the percentage of the waste stream that must be diverted from landfills to 75 percent in the next few years, the agenda states, and the city’s trash vehicles are aging and staff members are retiring — all factors for examining the current trash collection system.
“Would an automated system reduce injury and make for a more efficient system?” the agenda states. “How would an automated system work? Does everyone have to accept that large ugly trash can? What about curbside recycling – will the community get to the 75% diversion goal without it?”
CIty officials recently met with a few Corona del Mar residents to discuss trash collection and recycling options, City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner said at a recent Corona del Mar Residents Association meeting.
The Study Session will begin at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers at the new Civic Center. The discussion about residential trash collection is expected to begin at 4:45 p.m., according to the meeting’s online agenda. The public may attend and make comments.