By: Diane Benjamin
There are a lot of factors involved in determining whether twice a year bulk waste pickup saves money.
We know two knuckleboom trucks were purchased and so far haven’t been used much:
Total cost: $308,819.96
We know while bulk is being picked up, employees don’t have time for things like patching potholes and brush pickup. They worked overtime trying to catch up after the last round.
Here’s something you didn’t know. The City is now picking up more bulk than they did under the old system:
That means disposal costs are higher.
The change to twice a year began 5/1/2018: https://blnnews.com/2018/02/27/solid-waste-done/
Increasing your garbage bill 3% a year was passed at the same meeting. The chickens on the Council want it increased without a vote. You are paying more for less service.
It appears $53,277.09 of the $101,408.83 paid to Henson Disposal was for Bulk. https://blnnews.com/2019/07/18/bloomington-bills-for-monday-2/
So, does it save money? Depends on who you ask.