Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - A proposal to have one company handle all garbage pickup for Chippewa Falls residents is dead.
One city council member said his research showed residents would save around $7 a month by going with one hauler, but many residents opposed the idea of not being able to choose their own hauler.
Tuesday night, the city council instead voted to continue having a single hauler only for recycling pickup. The city went with the low bidder, but prices for residents for that service will still rise more than a dollar a month.
Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Curbside pick-up could soon be limited to one hauler in Chippewa Falls.
News 18 learned many residents are concerned that their right to choose who hauls away their waste is being stripped away.
The Chippewa County Department of Land Conservation and Land Management is asking six municipalities, including Cadott, the Town of Eagle Point and Chippewa Falls, to consider choosing one hauler for their waste.
Chippewa County's proposal lays out three options for these municipalities. The first option looks at having one hauler for garbage collections only. The second option looks at having one hauler for recyclables. The third option looks at finding one hauler that collects both garbage and recyclables.
News 18 spoke with Greg Hoffman, the mayor for the City of Chippewa Falls, and he said he understands many citizens are worried about the proposal, but said the city has to explore all options to see what's the best method for the best price. "I think when we go with a different recycler and maybe go with a larger bin," Mayor Hoffman said, "The increase to the cost of the citizens would definitely go up. And if there is an option, an opportunity to offset that with reduced garbage cost, I think that's something that we need to look at."
Nancy Scobie, a resident of Chippewa Falls for more than 50 years, said she is concerned the proposal could affect residents and the community. "I'm concerned with putting the little man out of business. I'm concerned with [it being] a national company, and I'm concerned with not being able to communicate with them."
In the county's proposal, it's mentioned that state cuts have reduced recycling grants to counties and municipalities and recycling costs are on the rise. It also said the county wants to partner with a regional materials recovery facility to separate and sell its recyclables.
Currently, the City of Chippewa Falls contracts with one recycling hauler. Mayor Hoffman says that contract ends on Dec. 31, 2015.
Residents said they have a petition circulating at local businesses, where concerned citizens can sign their name in opposition to the county's proposal. They hope to voice their concerns at Tuesday's common council meeting. Mayor Hoffman said the item is not on their agenda up for discussion.
The Chippewa Falls Common Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m in city hall.