At the Sept. 5 City Council meeting, the Council will consider whether to begin an exploratory process to gather information about the benefits and challenges of organized hauling.
What is Organized Hauling?
Coon Rapids currently operates an "open hauling" system, which means residents choose a hauling company from a list of approved providers. "Organized hauling" (also called organized collection) is a waste collection system in which the City manages, contracts and coordinates curbside waste and/or recycling.
One option could be a consortium model, which would provide each hauler that currently operates in Coon Rapids a certain number of households to serve that is equal to their current market share. The City would assign each hauler to a different section of the city and determine which day collection would occur. Another option is a single hauler model, in which only one company provides all service.
On Sept. 5, the City Council will only consider whether to begin researching organized hauling, they are NOT voting about whether to implement an organized hauling system. If the Council decides to proceed with the exploratory process, there is first a state-mandated period of negotiation with existing haulers, followed by opportunities for input from the public.
If negotiations are not resolved between haulers and the City, there may also be opportunities to participate in a committee.
Learn more about the exploratory timeline and ways to share input at coonrapidsmn.gov/OrganizedHauling.