The Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) is behind on junk waste (heavy trash) collections. This delay comes after a suspension of tree waste collections last month. The department is experiencing many issues right now, primarily the need to hire more drivers. Trash collection is a basic City function that needs to be addressed now.
Recently I authored 39 budget amendments, and 7 of them involved Solid Waste including:
An on-call contract shall be established to assist with Solid Waste Management collections as needed in each council district if directed through Council District Service Funds.
This amendment passed, and I am working with SWMD to implement it.
A full list of the budget amendments I authored can be found here (6.09 – 6.15 involve SWMD)
My office and I have been asking for SWMD to update everyone about the status of collections. I am pleased that updates are now on their website, Facebook, and Twitter. District A is in the North Operation for Junk (heavy trash) collection.
I recently asked the mayor about the delays and concerns with proper communications from the department. You can see the video of my comments and his response below.