Trash and recycling service has become a hot topic in Scandia since Scandia’s dominant trash and recycling provider, SRC, was acquired by Waste Management in late 2022.
At their January 4 meeting, the Council discussed citizen concerns and the options available for Scandia residents and businesses. They decided to begin the process to update the city’s ordinance and to pursue an “organized collection” system. With organized collection, the city chooses the city’s waste haulers through an RFP process. Advantages of this approach include a greater ability of the city to manage services, decreasing the impacts of truck traffic on our streets, and often lowering costs. Some of our neighboring cities (like Forest Lake and Marine on St. Croix) are managing their trash and recycling this way. For more background information, please review the materials from the January 4, 2023 Council meeting, found HERE.
It will take some time to go through the process required by state law, which includes updating ordinances, preparing an RFP, reviewing proposals and negotiating contracts. Feedback from residents and businesses will be sought along the way.
In the meantime, the city is in contact with Waste Management to ensure our commercial and residential collections will continue.
This post will be updated as the schedule is firmed up and more details become available. Comments and suggestions can be submitted to the city at email@example.com