As the governing authority over solid waste, the Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners decided in 2008 that all the cities in the county should issue a trash franchise and offer curbside recycling. The trash franchise should include an option for at least two sizes of trash carts, with the smaller one offered at a lower cost.
A Volume-Based System
Such a “volume-based” or “pay-as-you-throw” system is used in many communities to ensure that those who produce the most trash, pay the most. Conversely, those who produce little - either because they have fewer people in their household or they recycle more or they just don’t produce much trash - pay less.
Recycling / Trash Advisory Board
The Derby City Council appointed six community volunteers to a Recycling / Trash Advisory Board. The board met numerous times to discuss how a new system would work. A Request for Proposals was issued on Jan. 26, 2009. Proposals from three area trash companies were received March 17.
After one proposal was withdrawn from the competition, two companies were interviewed by the board in April 2009. On April 14, the board decided to recommend to the city council the selection of Waste Connections to provide curbside collection of trash service and recyclables. At its April 28, 2009 meeting, the city council approved the recommendation (7-1). Staff negotiated contract details, and on July 28, 2009 the council approved the contract. Trash and recycling services began in December 2009.