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Important Notices (Updated March 7, 2018):
New Trash Cart Manufacturing Process:
The Village of Whitefish Bay has contracted with Cascade Manufacturing to provide 5,000 new wheeled, hinged-lid trash carts which will be delivered in May 2018. The cart color will be gray, and the Village logo will be stamped on the sides, and the top will say “Refuse Only."
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Program status updates:
Status Update March 7, 2018: The Public Works Committee will meet March 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the Whitefish Bay Library Program Room to discuss municipal code updates related to the automated Trash and Recycling Program. The meeting agenda and packet can be found here: http://www.wfbvillage.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_03122018-519
Status Update January 17, 2018: The Public Works Committee met January 8, 2018 to discuss Special Pickups. The meeting agenda and packet can be found here: http://www.wfbvillage.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_01082018-506. The Special Pickup regulations contain the following Village Staff recommendations:
Status Update January 2, 2018: A Village-wide mailing was distributed to all residents who receive trash and recycling collection explaining the new automated program. The mailing can be found at the following link: http://www.wfbvillage.org/DocumentCenter/View/452.
Status Update December 12, 2017: The Public Works Committee recommended that the Village Board offer an exemption to the cart-to curb requirement via an application form for medical proposes. There should be no cost to this application and a physician’s signature and recommendation should be required for each household member. The Public Works Committee also discussed including a section on the exemption application related to receiving a 35-gallon cart in lieu of receiving on-property collection service. The Public Works Committee did not make a formal motion on this sub-topic, but staff has incorporated this suggestion into the draft exemption application. The Village Board will discus the these items at a Public Meeting at 6:00 pm on Monday, December 18, at 6:00 pm. The meeting agenda and packet can be found here: http://www.wfbvillage.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_12182017-503.
Status Update December 8, 2017: The Public Works Committee will discuss the changes to the Trash and Recycling Programs and provide their recommendation to the Village Board at a Public Meeting at 6:00 pm on Monday, December 11, at 6:00 pm in the Program Room at the Whitefish Bay Public Library. The meeting will focus on the a revised Village Ordinance, Exemptions, and Public Communication. The meeting agenda and packet can be found here: http://www.wfbvillage.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_12112017-501.
Status update as of November 21, 2017: The Village Board authorized the 95-gallon cart, gray in color with a gray lid, to be standard for the new automated trash collection program. As part of the initial cart distribution, residents will each receive the standard 95-gallon cart (same size as the recycling cart provided by the Village). Residents will have the option of requesting a smaller, 64-gallon cart. A smaller 32-gallon cart may be permitted in cases of exemptions. Any future changes in trash cart size will be at cost to the resident, including when a property is sold. Lastly, additional carts will be permitted to be purchased at a cost, plus an administrative fee. All carts will remain the property of the Village.
Status Update November 10, 2017: The Public Works Committee will discuss the changes to the Trash and Recycling Programs and provide their recommendation to the Village Board at a Public Meeting at 6:00 pm on Monday, November 13 in the Program Room at the Whitefish Bay Public Library. The meeting will discuss Trash Cart Size and Cart Regulations. The meeting agenda and packet can be found here: http://www.wfbvillage.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_11132017-493.
Status Update September 12, 2017: The Village Board voted to authorize the implementation of an automated trash and recycling program. The Village Board provided directed village staff to develop an implementation plan that includes an exception process for the cart to curb requirement and to set the implementation date for the recycling program changes as May 7, 2018. Draft minutes from the public hearing on September 11, 2017 can be found by clicking here.
Status Update August 2017: The Village Board of Whitefish Bay took action to authorize the implementation of every other week collection of recyclables to begin in spring of 2018.
Trash Collection Program Review:
The Village Board is in the process of reviewing the Trash Collection Program and has elected to move to an automated system. Automated collection involves the use of a truck equipped with an automated arm, which allows the operator to empty trash carts and then return carts to their original position without leaving the cab of the vehicle (under normal circumstances).
The Village Board held three Public Hearings to solicit feedback from residents about the potential change to an automated collection system. The latest Public Hearing began at 7:00pm on Monday, September 11th in the Village Board Room (2nd Floor) at Whitefish Bay Village Hall.
Quick Facts - Potential Automated Trash Collection Program
1. Each household would receive a free trash collection cart from the Village. This cart would be identical in size and shape to the recycling cart previously provided.
2. Weekly collection would take place on the same day that households currently receive pick-up. Households would be responsible for bringing the trash cart to the curb (within 10 feet) or to the alley edge.
Why the change to Trash Collection?
1. Cost Savings: The conversion to an automated trash collection system would reduce Village annual trash collection operation and maintenance costs by an estimated $105,585 per year.
2. Environmental/Aesthetic Benefits: The use of uniform, covered trash carts helps to prevent littering due to blowing of uncovered trash items.
3. Improved safety for Village employees: Currently each Village trash collector lifts between 6,000 and 9,000 pounds of garbage and walks between 10 to 12 miles per day (in all weather conditions) pushing a collection cart up and down driveways, sidewalks and streets. As a result, Village collectors have sustained shoulder, arm, hand, back and knee injuries.
In addition, sharps disposed of in trash bags and cans without proper containers also pose a puncture risk as the Village trash collectors perform their duties. Chemical containers have also been found to be hidden in trash bags. These can break open when the collection truck hopper is compacted, resulting in Village trash collectors being exposed to the disbursement of chemicals and/or fumes.
The following videos show an automated-arm trash truck in action:
The conversion to an automated trash collection system will occur in Spring of 2018 (to correspond with the already approved change to the Recycling Collection Program).