Against a backdrop of potential cost increases for trash disposal and recycling services, Harford County government is exploring whether to take over contracting for residential trash and recycling collection, a function that is now mostly accomplished by residents choosing their own service providers.
In support of the takeover, county officials point to inefficiencies under the current system where multiple providers may serve the same neighborhood, increasing truck traffic and fuel costs. They also argue that providers who have an edge in certain markets may skew pricing.
A presentation published on the county website suggests that if county government contracted for these services, uniform rates could be established county-wide, costs overall could come down as inefficiencies were reduced, and responsibility for monitoring would fall to the county. The presentation also suggests dividing the county into districts, allowing providers to bid for contracts in one or more districts for multi-year contracts. One slide in the presentation asks: Would there be interest if trash collection costs (2013 dollars) would be around $75/quarter for everyone?
Would residents benefit if Harford County government took over contracting for residential trash and recycling collection?