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Real-Life EXAMPLES

Financial and Cart-Storage Implication

By shifting to a more-efficient system, the overall cost of city-wide coordinated collection of trash should be cheaper, NOT more expensive.  That seems to have worked in Maplewood, MN.  But in St. Paul, consumers will pay more (lots more), not less. 

  • One local analyst (John Genereux) calculates that approximately 73,000 affected 1- to 4-unit St. Paul households: (1) are currently paying a total of about $20 Million annually under the decades old "free-market" trash hauling system; and (2) under St. Paul's new program will be forced to pay the "excess" cost of about $11.6 million per year, for a total of $58 million during the city's five year garbage contract.

    • Presumably, coordinated collection will enable St. Paul's trash haulers to save money via greater efficiency (smaller & more-compact service areas, lower mileage, less equipment depreciation, etc.).  Also, the City's budget will see benefits (less street/alley damage, etc.).  These savings could, but apparently will not, be shared with consumers.

    • Instead of going down an estimated $4.6 Million annually (per analysis of and comparison with Maplewood trash hauling data), garbage fees for St. Paul's 1- to 4-unit households will go up approximately $7.0 Million annually (per analysis of St. Paul Department of Public Works data). 

    • $4.6M "lost" savings  +  $7.0M increased fees  =  $11.6 Million "excess" per year    ...    $58 Million over five years

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  • It appears that most single-family households (except zero/low-wasters) will see modest increases or decreases in their annual garbage hauling fees.  

  • On the other hand, zero/low-wasters plus many residents in 2-, 3- and 4-unit buildings are seeing fee increases of double, triple, or even five times more than they have been paying under the decades-old "free-market" system.  It seems that most of that $58 million "excess" cost landed here.

  • Thousands of "targeted" multi-family and zero/low-waste households will be forced to pay monthly and annual charges for thousands of empty, unwanted and unnecessary trash carts.

  • These skewed financial results harm affordable housing efforts AND sustainable living initiatives.  In St. Paul, "reduce, reuse, recycle" is trashed via punitive rules and over-the-top charges.   Meanwhile, the city, the haulers, the county and the state smile...all the way to the bank.

  • On November 14, 2018, the City Council voted 6-1, denying our right to submit its Ordinance 18-39 to a ballot vote. Despite finding our Petition “legally sufficient,” they claimed the subject matter was “not appropriate to submit to the electorate.” In order to enforce our legal right to a ballot vote, we need to sue the city.

  • Will you help by Donating to our Legal Fund?

   

Under St. Paul's new rules for organized residential trash collection, our garbage hauling costs will more than TRIPLE.  Residents who park their cars in the offstreet lot will be forced to compete for space with fourteen plastic carts (six recycle PLUS eight trash).  This will be a headache in the summer...and an incessant hassle with winter's snow and ice.

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Two 4-Unit Buildings    (8 Residential Units)

  

CURRENT COST:

       2 cubic yards  =  404 Gallons

       Share 2-yard Dumpster @ $956.76 / year

  

CITY MANDATE  (No Opt-out; No Sharing; No Dumpster)

       8 medium carts assigned = 520 Gallons

       8 individual carts  @  $3,271.68 / year

  

COST INCREASE:

       $2,314.92  total annual increase

       $24.11  per month, per unit

  

    

Garbage hauling costs at this three-family dwelling will be FIVE TIMES HIGHER (i.e., "skyrocket") under St. Paul's new rules.   Unnecessary trash carts will take up too much space and encroach on the required pathway at the top of stairs leading to the yard and house below.

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One 3-Unit Building    (3 Residential Units)

  

CURRENT COST:

       95-Gallon large cart   @  $252.72 / year

  

CITY MANDATE  (No Opt-out;  No Sharing)

       1 large + 2 medium carts assigned  =  225 Gallons

       3 individual carts  @  $1,252.32 / year

  

COST INCREASE:

       $999.96  total annual increase

       $27.77  per month, per unit

 

 

 

The City of St. Paul  --  TRASH CART MANDATE

Real-life Examples of the Program's Financial Effect

Building
Size/Location
Current Trash Service
(Weekly pickup, except "zero waste")
(Costs shown are total per year)
City-organized Trash
(Weekly pickup, except "zero waste" @ every other week)
Increase
+%
$/mo/unit

8-Units  (Two 4-unit buildings;  side-by-side;  same owner)

Two 4-unit bldgs xxx & xxx
Milton

Share one
2-yd dumpster
404 Gal $956.76 8 Carts:
8 medium =
520 Gal
$3,271.68

per City's notice rcvd 8/4/18

+242%

$24/mo/unit

4-Plex

One 4-unit bldg xxx
Virginia
Share one
medium
65-Gal
65 Gal $480.00 4 Carts:
4 medium =
260 Gal
$1,635.84
per City's notice
+241%

$24/mo/unit

One 4-unit bldg xxx
W. 7th
Share two
large
95-Gal
190 Gal $560.88 4 Carts:
3 medium +
1 large =
290 Gal
$1,661.28
per City's notice
+196%

$23/mo/unit

One 4-unit bldg Ward-1 Share two
large
95-Gal
190 Gal $560.00 4 Carts:
3 medium +
1 large =
290 Gal
$1,661.28
per City's notice
+196%

$23/mo/unit

One 4-unit bldg xxx
Grand
Share two
large
95-Gal
190 Gal $684.12 4 Carts:
4 medium =
260 Gal
$1,635.84
per City's notice
+139%

$20/mo/unit

One 4-unit bldg xxx
Selby
Share two
medium
65-Gal
130 Gal $529.80 ** 4 Carts:
4 small =
140 Gal
$1,223.52 +131%

$14/mo/unit

Tri-Plex

One 3-unit bldg xxx
Summit
Share one
large 95-Gal
95 Gal $252.00 3 Carts:
2 medium +
1 large =
225 Gal

$1,252.32

per City's notice

+397%

$28/mo/unit

One 3-unit bldg xxx
Grand
  
Share one
large 95-Gal
95 Gal $252.72 3 Carts:
2 medium +
1 large =
225 Gal

$1,252.32

per City's notice rcvd 8/4/18

+396%

$28/mo/unit

Duplex

One 2-unit bldg xxx
Ashland
Share one
large 95-Gal
95 Gal $312.00 ** 2 Carts:
2 medium =
130 Gal
$817.92 +162%

$21/mo/unit

One 2-unit bldg xxx
Hague
Share one
large 95-Gal
95 Gal $342.16 2 Carts:
2 medium =
130 Gal
$817.92
per City's notice
+139%

$20/mo/unit

One 2-unit bldg xxx
Laurel
Share one
large 95-Gal
95 Gal $344.00 2 Carts:
2 medium =
130 Gal
$817.92
per City's notice
+138%

$20/mo/unit

One 2-unit bldg ? ? Share one
medium 65-Gal
65 Gal $434.00 2 Carts:
2 medium =
130 Gal
$817.92
per City's notice
+88%

$16/mo/unit

One 2-unit bldg xxx
6th St.
Share one
large 95-Gal
95 Gal $312.00 ** 2 Carts:
2 medium =
130 Gal
$817.92 +162%

$21/mo/unit

One 2-unit bldg xxx
Hudson
Two large
96-Gal
192 Gal $633.60 ** 2 Carts:
2 large =
190 Gal
$868.80 +37%

$10/mo/unit

Single Family

Single family xxx
Grand
One small
35-Gal
35 Gal $260.28 ** 1 Cart:
1 small =
35 Gal
$305.88 +18%

$4/mo/unit

Single family xxx
James
One small
35-Gal
35 Gal $221.76 ** 1 Cart:
1 small =
35 Gal
$305.88 +38%

$7/mo/unit

  

Single family Various Zero
Waste

Haul own
~$5/mo as
needed

$60.00
(est'd)
1 Cart:
1 small =
35 Gal (every
other week)
$267.96 +347%

$17/mo/unit

Single family Various Zero
Waste

Haul own
~$10/mo as
needed

$120.00
(est'd)
1 Cart:
1 small =
35 Gal (every
other week)
$267.96 +123%

$12/mo/unit

Single family Various Zero
Waste

Haul own
~$15/mo as
needed

$180.00
(est'd)
1 Cart:
1 small =
35 Gal (every
other week)
$267.96

+49%

$7/mo/unit

  

** Cart-size data is estimated and was compiled BEFORE the City notified this property owner of actual cart size(s) assigned.
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This petition drive is a first step toward
achieving these GOALS:

  • Ability to Opt Out
  • Ability to Share Containers
  • Reduce Excessive Price Increases
  • Reduce Excessive Space Requirements
  • Make the Program FAIR TO ALL
Real-Life Examples
Financial & Space Implications
Then What?

Petitions now.  What's next?