At least 70 percent of America’s cities manage waste services like other critical utilities, including water and sewer. And with good reason. What happens to our trash collectively affects our …
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At least 70 percent of America’s cities manage waste services like other critical utilities, including water and sewer. And with good reason. What happens to our trash collectively affects our health and safety, our environment, and our wallets in important ways.Unlike most of its peers, Arvada has an unorganized, open-market system with many haulers serving the city in non-HOA areas. That means that any given street could have 17 trucks or more traveling up and down it per week. This approach is inefficient and costly for the community. A recent City of Fort Collins’ study showed that as much as 20 percent of the road damage to residential streets was caused by trash trucks.Having so many big trucks on our streets also increases health and safety hazards. Many Arvada residents already complain about noise and dangers posed to our children and pets. Air pollution from truck exhaust is a serious health concern.The Arvada Sustainability Advisory Committee proposal for non-HOA areas, “One Street, One Truck,” or one trash truck and one recycle truck for each street, would reduce waste service costs for most residents and add bulky item and yard waste pick up. The proposal would also result in less noise and air pollution, greater neighborhood safety, and less road maintenance than the open-market system we have now. Now that IS the job of local government – protecting the safety and health of residents and using tax dollars wisely. “One Street, One Truck” is a win-win for all Arvadans.Randy Moorman,Arvada
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