to City Council. Links to the
most-recent version of Ordinance language.
On November 14, 2018,
the City Council voted 6-1, denying St. Paul voters' right to submit
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 have retained a
lawyer and are preparing to file a lawsuit against the city.
St. Paul is mired in controversy surrounding the
city-mandated transition from free-market trash hauling to
“coordinated collection” of that same trash. As new garbage
carts roll out, some residents are pleased and others are shocked.
At the household level, almost everybody applauds fewer big trucks
in their neighborhood and the resulting efficiency.
But some of us, many actually, feel attacked by what we perceive as
grossly unfair and inflexible rules. Specifically, “no
sharing” of trash containers and “no opt-out” for those who
generate little or no trash.
It appears that most single-family households (except zero-wasters)
will see modest increases or decreases in their annual garbage hauling
On the other hand, zero-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 system.
The overall cost of city-wide organized collection should be
cheaper, NOT more expensive. But, the total price to be paid by
consumers is up, not down. After looking at data collected and
distributed by St. Paul’s Department of Public Works, one local
Genereux) calculates that approximately 73,000 affected St. Paul
households will be forced to pay an excess cost of about $11.6 million
per year, for a total of $58 million during the city’s five-year
Within the past few months this hot-button issue has generated
lawsuits plus a petition campaign that seeks a referendum in
which voters can choose to accept or reject the city council’s new
My hope is that the collection of our residential trash will
receive the thoughtful deliberation it deserves but has not received.
Lein, St. Paul
CASE FOR ORGANIZING GARBAGE
a study and proposal for
organized hauling was released by Saint Paul's Macalester-Groveland
a 5-year contract was signed two years later, consumers were
led to believe (falsely?) that: "The
main benefits of organizing involve cost, energy and
efficiency of geography."
In late 2017, the City & Haulers signed their
5-year contract. Six months later the City
"rolled out" details of its program
mandates: No sharing of trash carts; No opt-out;
Pay for empty carts; No
Instead of benefiting from touted savings (via energy and
efficiency of geography), 73,000 consumers city-wide
will pay $11.6 million more.
Thousands of households will be forced to pay monthly
charges to haulers for thousands of empty, unwanted and
unnecessary trash carts.
Who benefits? Haulers, City, County, State ... or Customers?
[Hint: Not the
What does city council
candidate Shirley Erstad say about Saint Paul's new (dis-)Organized Trash
We are not endorsing
any candidates, but Shirley's message does convey our reasons for
seeking referendums. In this video
she points out many issues that we will confront if the
City's current plan goes into effect.
Paul's garbage-hauling plan is very much alive--a hot topic
issue--that needs to be addressed now and into the
Summit Hill Association
Votes to Support Petition Effort
Public Reacts to Trash
by St. Paul residents
Paul's mandated "No Sharing" of trash carts will impose an unfair
burden on owners and residents of 2-, 3- and 4-unit buildings. The
increased costs will contribute to "skyrocketing" rents and will
hamper efforts aimed at "affordable" housing -- two issues about
which many people in city government say they are very concerned. From
this citizen's perspective, City-mandated no sharing of trash containers
exposes local "concern" as little more than lip service.
Sharing" and "No Opt-out" are also issues that, I believe,
will harm "Zero Waste" efforts. People who generate little
or no trash are mandated by the City to have unnecessary trash carts, city
fees, and hefty trash bills forced onto them. It is a sad and
short-sighted fact that St. Paul's new rules fly in the face of efforts to
reduce trash via composting, recycling, etc.