Sunday: Tulsa trash service questions answered
BY BRIAN BARBER World Staff Writer
Saturday, August 06, 2011
Lost in all of the controversy and complexity surrounding the future of Tulsa’s residential trash service have been the lingering questions many people still have about what is on the horizon.
The city’s trash system is controlled by the Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy, made up of six volunteer citizens — appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council — and a mayoral designee.
The Tulsa World presented TARE Chairwoman Cheryl Cohenour with 10 questions to answer.
Q: What kind of a trash system is planned?
A: TARE is seeking bids on a volume-based system for household waste that includes optional recycling, a choice of cart sizes based on the amount of recycling and waste discarded, and the same frequency of collection for all customers.
After 30 years of having two very different services — once-a-week cart collection and a twice-a-week service with residents’ own containers — TARE’s primary goal is to create a unified trash collection system that serves all Tulsa residents equally and is cost-effective and efficient for the city to manage.
The specifications outlined in TARE’s bid documents are designed to help identify the best possible trash collection system for Tulsa’s future, combining efficiency with an equitable rate structure, cleaner air and lower fuel costs, and opportunities to reduce household trash collection costs through recycling.
Read the complete story in Sunday's World.
Cheryl Cohenour stands with trash bins the City of Tulsa may begin using. Behind her is a group of smaller cans often used throughout the city. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World