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Altoona City Council to Hold Workshop on February 11, 2021 Regarding Single-Hauler Garbage Collection

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
City of Altoona Staff

Altoona, WI - The Altoona City Council has recently discussed whether a single-hauler residential garbage collection contract would be a benefit to the citizens of Altoona.  The Council intends to discuss this further during a virtual workshop at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 11th, 2021.  The City Council had previously considered this topic in 2014 and chose at that time not to proceed.

Currently, the City has six licensed haulers in an open competition environment, three of which offer residential service.  Each resident can choose their collector and contract directly with them.

Reasons to consider implementing a single-hauler policy include:

  1. Potential reduction of truck traffic impacts on local streets
  2. Reduction in vehicle emissions
  3. Improved neighborhood aesthetics
  4. Reduction of noise
  5. Improved safety
  6. Potential savings for some residents

Potential drawbacks may include:

  1. Elimination of choice for residents
  2. Impact on existing garbage collection businesses
  3. Change in service preferences (curbside vs. garage collection point, size of container, day of the week, etc.)
  4. Additional administrative efforts required of City staff
  5. May result in an increased cost for some customers

Interested parties are encouraged to attend the virtual workshop via computer, tablet, or smartphone using the following information.

WEBINAR ID: 886 3055 3634

Or you can also dial in using your phone.

CALL IN PHONE NUMBER: 1-312-626-6799
WEBINAR ID: 886 3055 3634

To make a public comment raise your hand by pressing *9 on your telephone keypad.  You will be called upon in the order received.

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Please note that no formal decision will be made by Council during this workshop.  Information received during the meeting will help inform Council on whether to implement a single-hauler policy in Altoona.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss this further, please contact City Hall at (715)839-6092, or email