Organized Solid Waste Collection Discussions

City Council Regular Meeting - January 17, 2023

City Council direction to postpone discussion on the item at the 01/17/2023 Regular meeting, setting discussion for City Council Worksession on 02/27/2023. 

  • Notice sent to licensed residential haulers on 01/30/2023 regarding 02/27/2023 Worksession.
  • Notice to Public published in Anoka County Union 02/10/2023 regarding 02/27/2023 Worksession.

Step 1:  Notice to Public and Licensed Collectors (MS 115a.94 Subd 4d)

The Anoka City Council discussed the possibility of developing and implementing an organized garbage and refuse collection system for the City of Anoka.   The discussion was held on February 27, 2023 at the City Council Worksession meeting in the  Worksession Room of Anoka City Hall, 2015 First Ave, Anoka, MN, at 5pm.  

The public was welcome to attend and provide input. Public comments were also accepted by Assistant City Manager, Amy Oehlers, at aoehlers@ci.anoka.mn.us, by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

  • The consensus of the Council was to place this item on the next agenda of 03/06/2023 for discussing the process.  No further direction was provided to staff at this meeting.  

City Council Regular Meeting - March 6, 2023

Official action by City Council to move forward in the process of consideration of implementing an organized collection system. 

  • At the 03/06/2023 City Council regular meeting, by motion/vote, staff was directed to begin the process according to Minnesota Statutes §115A.94.  At this meeting, the Council also voted and unanimously approved that this become a ballot question at the 2024 Municipal Election.  The Council was not clear if a dual track system of following Minnesota Statutes and scheduling it for a 2024 Election Ballot.  The City Attorney  was directed to research and provide guidance on how the Council should proceed. 

Residential Licensed Collectors to be notified of a meeting with the City Council to informally discuss implementing an Organized Collection System. 

  • Collectors were notified that a meeting was scheduled with the City Council for the April 24, 2023 City Council Worksession.  
    • Notified by mailing on 03/28/2023 (regular & certified/return receipt)
    • Notified licensed residential collectors by phone and confirmed their availability to be in attendance.
    • Notice to Public published in Anoka Union 03/31/2023

MS 115A.94 Subd 4d

The City Council met with the Licensed Residential Garbage Collectors on Monday April 24, 2023 at 5pm in the Anoka City Hall Worksession Room, 2nd Floor, 2015 First Ave N, Anoka, to discuss implementing an Organized Collection System for the City.  The Public was welcome to attend and provide input. 

  • The consensus of the Council at this Worksession was to discuss the topic of organized hauling further at either another Worksession or at a Regular City Council meeting.  

City Council Regular Meeting  - May 15, 2023

A discussion was held regarding the dual-track system of following State Statute and placing it as a Ballot question in 2024.  A motion was made and seconded to Rescind the motion to put it on the ballot. Consequently, a motion was made and seconded to postpone this discussion until the June 5, 2023, Regular Meeting and to notify the licensed haulers that the Council will be discussing this topic and a motion to Rescind one of the motions taken at the March 6, 2023, City Council may be made. 

  • Collectors were notified that a meeting was scheduled with the City Council for the June 5, 2023 Regular Meeting.  
    • Notified by mailing on 05/24/2023 (USPS regular mail)

City Council Regular Meeting  - June 5, 2023

At the June 5, 2023 Regular Meeting, Councilmember Skogquist made a motion to rescind the previous motion to place this on the 2024 Election Ballot.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember Scott.  This motion passed on a 3-2 vote of the City Council.   

City Council Special Meeting  - July 17, 2023

Step 2:  Discuss waste collection issues.  MS 115A.94 Subd 4e .  The negotiation period started at this point - the negotiation period must be at least 60 days.
 

A Special Meeting between the City Council and the Licensed Haulers was scheduled for July 17, 2023, at 7pm. 

  • Collectors were notified that a special meeting was scheduled with the City Council for July 17, 2023 at 5pm.  
    • Notified by mailing on 07/07/2023 (USPS regular mail)
    • Reminder of the Special Meeting date, time and location was emailed to Collectors on 07/13/2023.

City Meeting with Collectors - December 14, 2023

Collectors were notified of this meeting via email on November 10, 2023, and were provided a draft contract for discussion at this meeting.  Confirmation from each entity was received by the City that they would be in attendance at the meeting. 

Next Steps:   

  • If agreement is not reached with the Collectors, the City must establish (by resolution) a Solid Waste Collection Options Committee.  The Committee members are appointed by the City Council.
    • The Committee must:
      • Determine which methods of collection to examine
      • Shall establish a list of criteria on which the collection methods selected will be evaluated.
      • Shall collect information regarding the operation and efficacy of existing methods of collection in other cities and towns.
      • Shall seek input from City Council, City officials responsible for solid waste issues, persons currently licensed for collection and recycling services in the city, and city residents who currently pay for residential collection.
      • Must issue a report on its research and findings and any recommendations to the City Council. 
  • City Council shall consider the report and recommendations and must provide public notice and hold at least one public hearing before deciding to implement organized collection.
     
  • Organized collection can begin no sooner than 6 months after the City's decision to implement organized collection.

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 Past Information (2014-2020)

 On Thursday, January 23, 2020, the City of Anoka held an Open House at Green Haven Golf Course and Event Center from 6 to 8 pm to present information on Organized Solid Waste Collection and answered questions from those present.

Below is information on the topic, plus links to download our Feedback Form, or take the online survey, view the Organized Collection Process Flowchart, slideshow presentation, and the video produced by QCTV of the presentation at the Open House.

Citizen Involvement

City residents are encouraged to either take the brief survey or complete a Feedback Form and submit it to City Hall by end of day, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Staff will then compile the information and prepare it in a report for the City Council to review at its Worksession on Monday, February 24, 2020.

As directed by the City Council in October of 2019, city staff researched and compiled information regarding organized solid waste collection.

Minnesota Statute §115A.94 Subdivision 1

"Organized Collection" means a system for collecting solid waste in which a specified collector, or a member of an organization of collectors, is authorized to collect from a defined geographic service area or areas some or all of the solid waste that is released by generators for collection.

Anoka currently has open solid waste collection; a system in which all garbage haulers licensed by the city may service any or all sections of the city.

This topic was discussed back in 2014 and 2015, at which time it was determined to remain with the open hauling system based on discussions and feedback received. Now, the topic is being reconsidered, in part, due to the condition of our city streets and the investments made for them in recent years.

Presentation Information

The presentation information included:

  • The process that must be followed when considering organized solid waste collection
  • Impacts to city streets, residential rates, and the environment
  • Pros, cons, and myths of organized solid waste collection
  • Other ways to reduce impacts on streets, noise, environment, safety, and traffic

Feedback

Citizen feedback on this subject is important! You can choose to either complete the survey (linked below) or complete the feedback form (which you can fill in online, be sure to rename and save, and email back or print, complete and mail, deliver, or fax) linked below and submit it by end of day, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. You may also stop by City Hall to fill out a form, available at the front desk.

If you have questions about the Open House, please call 763-576-2725.

Solid Waste Documents