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The City of Erlanger is excited to announce that starting July 1, Rumpke will be providing waste collection services for all Erlanger households. Rumpke is committed to providing the residents of Erlanger with friendly, reliable waste and recycling collection.

Incorporated cities are responsible for waste collection franchises on behalf of their residents. Republic Services notified us that they could not continue with the current contract. The City then put out a bid for waste and recycling services. Only two companies submitted bids, Republic Services and Rumpke. The bid was awarded to Rumpke.

Rumpke and Republic Services are already working together to make the transition go as smoothly as possible. City officials work hard to obtain the best services for our residents, so we hope to work together, as a community, to make the transition successful. This page will host all the information available about the transition from Republic Services to Rumpke.

Most of the City’s communication about the transition will be through social media. Rumpke will communicate through the United States Postal Service. Residents will receive a postcard in the mail from Rumpke with the information listed below.

Please share this news with your neighbors who may not use social media. Those who are on social media, but not connected to the City of Erlanger, please sign up to receive email notifications at https://erlangerky.gov/email-notifications/ or “Like” the City of Erlanger’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/erlangerkygov

What you will find on this page:
1. Information from Rumpke, including a copy of the postcard
2. Upcoming changes in waste collection
3. A transparent timeline of how we got here and why this decision was made
4. Why Erlanger contracts waste collection services on behalf of their residents


INFORMATION FROM RUMPKE

Service Day
Your trash and recycling collection day will remain the same. If changes are needed, Rumpke will notify customers in advance.

Rates & Billing
Weekly trash is $15.45 per month, weekly curbside voluntary recycling is available for $5.50 per month. Rumpke bills quarterly and in advance. However, the first Rumpke invoice will be mailed in July.

Rumpke offers many convenient payment options, including their easy online payment option Rumpkepay. Visit www.rumpkepay.com for more details.

Trash Carts
Each household will receive a 95-gallon trash cart. Carts will be delivered in late June. A second trash cart is available for use upon request. If you currently use a smaller trash cart, please contact Rumpke at 1-800-8171 to discuss options.

Large Items
Please contact Rumpke at least 24-hours in advance of your scheduled collection day to request a large item pickup and review how to properly prepare material. Households can dispose of one large item per week. Additional fees may apply for additional items.

Mattresses, box springs and upholstered furniture must be wrapped and sealed in plastic, prior to collection. Freon must be properly removed by a certified professional, prior to collection. Visit www.rumpke.com for additional information.

Holiday Schedule
Rumpke observes Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. If your service falls on or after these holidays, collection will be delayed one day that week. Visit www.rumpke.com for additional details.

Recycling
Weekly curbside voluntary recycling collection is available for $5.50 per month. If you would like to sign-up for recycling collection, please contact Rumpke at 1-800-828- 8171, email service.cin@rumpke.com or complete, detach and mail the reply card below. Please respond prior to June 18, 2021 to ensure delivery prior to July 1.

Curbside Guidelines
– Please place all material at the curb the night before scheduled collection.
– According to federal law, Rumpke is not permitted to accept batteries, tires, liquids or combustible materials or any items identified as hazardous. Please contact the Kenton County Solid Waste Coordinator for disposal options.
– Bulky materials including drywall, concrete, bricks, dirt or rocks are not acceptable.
– Loose shrubbery or lumber must be bundled and tied in lengths no larger than 4 feet long and 2 feet wide. Bundles should not exceed 75 pounds.

Below is a copy of the postcard residents will receive in the mail:

UPCOMING CHANGES IN WASTE COLLECTION

Current Rates

The current solid waste collection fee with Republic Services is $10.30 per month.

The current recycling collection fee with Republic Services is $5.23 per month.

Bids Received, New Rates

Bids received from both waste collection companies were significantly higher from what residents are currently paying.

Republic Services’ waste collection fees increased to $15.10 per month in their submitted bid. Republic Services’ recycling collection fees increased to $11.35 per month in their submitted bid.

Rumpke’s waste collection fees were $15.45 per month. Rumpke’s recycling collection fees were $5.50 per month.

The majority of City Council chose to award the franchise to Rumpke for once a week waste collection and once a week optional recycling collection.

Factors that assisted in making this decision were:
– The number of people in Erlanger who recycle
– The difference in recycling fees
– The minimal difference in waste collection fees
– Current customer service.

What Will Remain the Same

  • Once a week waste collection and once a week optional recycling collection
  • Collection day of the week
  • Billing will remain quarterly with the first bill in July, billing will be handled by Rumpke
  • Tote sizes and number of totes. Instructions will be in the postcard Rumpke sends out.

Customer Service

Rumpke’s customer service is local and in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Click here to go to their website: https://www.rumpke.com

WASTE COLLECTION TIMELINE – HOW AND WHY WE GOT TO THIS TRANSITION

  • November 17, 2020
    • At the Council Committee Meeting, CAO Matt Kremer advised the City Council that the City’s waste collection contract was up for renewal on June 30, 2021. Republic Services had met with the City and stated that they may not be able to continue services at the costs provided in the current contract. City representatives were waiting to hear from Republic Services on whether they could continue services as provided in our current contract. This topic was advertised via a Meeting Notice which was posted on City property, City social media, website, and submitted to local media persons with the Enquirer and River City News.
  • January 12, 2021
    • CAO Kremer received a letter from Republic Services’ General Manager, Jeff Soule. He requested the City not to initiate the 2021-22 renewal term in our existing franchise agreement. Changes in both residential recycling and waste collection have resulted in increased costs. Mr. Soule asked the City to release a Request for Proposals (bid) for a new contract.
  • February 2, 2021
    • CAO Kremer reported at the Regular Council Meeting that Republic Services’ could not continue with the current contract and asked us to go to bid for those services. City Clerk Sherry Hoffman was in the process of preparing the bid and advertising. This topic was advertised via a Meeting Notice which was posted on City property, City social media, website, and submitted to local media persons with the Enquirer and River City News.
  • March 2, 2021
    • The City Clerk submitted a legal ad to the Kentucky Enquirer for advertisement on March 8, 2021. All three waste collection companies (Best Way, Rumpke, and Republic Services) were notified of this advertisement. Bid packets were submitted to each one.
  • March 19, 2021
    • Representatives with two waste collection companies requested an extension. Due to KRS publication requirements, we could not extend the bidding period without violating KRS. City representatives discussed this and decided that we wanted each company to have time to present the best bids for our residents. It was decided to re-bid the project to allow more time.
  • March 23, 2021
    • The City Clerk submitted another legal ad for advertisement on March 29, 2021. All three companies were notified.
  • April 6, 2021
    • The City Clerk reported at the Regular Council Meeting that the City would be accepting bids on April 12, 2021 and requested (1) a caucus meeting on April 20, 2021 to discuss the bids received and (2) legislation on the May 4, 2021 regular council meeting to award the bid. This topic was advertised via a Meeting Notice which was posted on City property, City social media, website, and submitted to local media persons with the Enquirer and River City News.
  • April 12, 2021
    • Bids were received from Rumpke and Republic Services. Best Way chose to not submit a bid.
  • April 20, 2021
    • CAO Kremer discussed the bids received with the City Council, advising that the contract would be awarded at the May 4, 2021 regular council meeting. This topic was advertised via a Meeting Notice which was posted on City property, City social media, website, and submitted to local media persons with the Enquirer and River City News.
  • April 28, 2021
    • CAO Kremer emailed Council an analysis of the bids received.
  • May 4, 2021
    • Council Member Gary Meyer made a motion to table awarding the waste collection bid, seconded by Tyson Hermes, all council voted to table awarding the contract. Mr. Meyer requested further discussion at the May 18, 2021 council caucus meeting. This topic was advertised via a Meeting Notice which was posted on City property, City social media, website, and submitted to local media persons with the Enquirer and River City News.
  • May 5, 2021,
    • Rumpke confirmed that if they were awarded the bid, and in order to be operational by July 1, 2021, they would need confirmation by May 14, 2021.
  • May 6, 2021
    • CAO Kremer notified Council that a Special Meeting needed to be called for May 11, 2021 to discuss and award the waste collection contract. He included the bid information.
  • May 11, 2021
    • CAO Kremer began the discussion regarding the bids received, Council followed. Five motions were made. Council passed a municipal order accepting Rumpke’s bid for weekly waste and voluntary recycling. This topic was advertised via a Meeting Notice which was posted on City property, City social media, website, and submitted to local media persons with the Enquirer and River City News.

WHY ERLANGER CONTRACTS WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THEIR RESIDENTS

Kentucky Revised Statutes


KRS 109.011 (4)
U.S. Congress enacted Public Law 94-580 that states that the collection and disposal of solid waste is a nationwide importance; management of solid waste collection would be by state, regional, or local agencies.

That by the enactment by the Congress of the United States of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (Public Law 94-580), as amended, the collection, sanitary disposal, and recovery of solid waste has been determined to be a matter of nationwide importance, recognizing that the management of solid waste should continue to be primarily the function of state, regional, and local agencies; and that pursuant to this federal law, the Commonwealth has taken and will take certain actions in respect to the planning and implementation of solid waste plans within the guidelines of time requirements set forth in this federal law

KRS 109.011 (6)
The Kentucky General Assembly states that the primary responsibility of waste collection management rests with counties and waste management districts; a county may delegate their responsibility to a city.

That it is the intent of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky that the primary responsibility for adequate solid waste collection, management, treatment, disposal, and resource recovery shall rest with combinations of counties and waste management districts, subject to standards set by administrative regulations adopted by the Energy and Environment Cabinet. In those cities currently operating solid waste management systems, the city and county may assume joint responsibility of preparing a solid waste management plan. If it is in the best public interest to do so and with the mutual agreement of both the county and city, a county may delegate responsibility for adequate collection, management, treatment, disposal, or materials recovery to a city. This delegation of responsibility is contingent upon the approval of a solid waste management plan by the cabinet. The purpose of delegating responsibilities shall be to effectuate the safe and sanitary management, use, and handling of solid waste, the protection of the health, welfare, and safety of the citizens and inhabitants of the Commonwealth, and for making the most efficient use of all resources for the benefit of the citizens and inhabitants of the Commonwealth

KRS 109.260 (2)
A city may be delegated to provide solid waste services by a county.

A city may be delegated the responsibility for providing solid waste management services by a county where it is mutually advantageous to do so, and both the city and county agree to the delegation of authority. Upon delegation of responsibility, a city acting by and through its legislative body may plan, initiate, acquire, construct and maintain solid waste management facilities and promulgate rules and regulations with respect thereto in accordance with this chapter.

Northern Kentucky Solid Waste Management 5 Year Plan, Kenton County Waste Collection Ordinance

Ordinance # 830.2, Section 50.001

Definitions

  • County – Unincorporated Kenton County, Kentucky, exclusive of cities or incorporated areas
  • Solid Waste Management Area – The unincorporated area of the county as a part of the entire county so designated by the Natural Resources and Environment Protection Cabinet by approval of the local solid waste management plan.

Ordinance # 830.2, Section 50.030

Collection Practices – Collection practice within unincorporated areas of the county is categorized as private collection where the private sector is allowed to operate in open competition and arrangements for waste collection and disposal are left between a private contractor and/or individuals or establishments under local government authority, the County Fiscal Court.  This leaves the cities in incorporated areas of Kenton County responsible for the franchise of waste collection.

Area Designation (A)(2)(8), Page 1, Northern Kentucky Solid Waste Management 5 Year Plan

Erlanger is listed as an incorporated city within the solid waste management area. Therefore, the city is responsible for the franchise of waste collection.

Chapter 2 Northern Kentucky Solid Waste Management 5 Year Plan, Kenton County Ordinance # 830.2, Section 50.031

Mandatory Collection – Kenton County requires by ordinance for mandatory garbage collection to occur at every residence.

Ordinance # 830.2, Section 50.032

Collection Points – Points of collection of solid waste shall be curbside within public rights-of-way.

Ordinance # 830.2, Section 50.033

Frequency of Collection – All solid waste shall be collected at least once weekly.

Reasons Cities Manage Waste Services (per Kenton County)

  1. Easier process and better rates for the residents
  2. Ensures that each resident or household has trash collection (according to law)
  3. Better for roads, decreases maintenance and repairs