Virginia's Southeaster Public Service Authority
Looks to Automated Curbside Recycling
Chesapeake, VA - The staff of the Southeastern Public
Service Authority (SPSA) has presented to the board of directors a plan
to begin a fully-automated curbside recycling program.
Recycling became an issue for SPSA due to the need to replace an aging
fleet of vehicles that SPSA presently is utilizing for its curbside recycling
program. The cost to replace the trucks was roughly $2 million, and SPSA
thought it prudent to review this decision with the Board before making
such a large capital expenditure. That review began in June 2002 and has
included the examination of a number of other alternatives for recycling
in the region. Staff utilized research, public comment, technical review,
as well as feedback from the Board of Directors to come to its concluding
"The board made no decision at its December meeting regarding the
future direction of recycling. What occurred is that the staff and the
ICC provided a report that is an improved alternative to the curbside
recycling program and a strategy for implementation," says John Hadfield,
Public comment should be directed to each of the member communities SPSA
serves with the exception of Virginia Beach, which has its own recycling
"Due to the fact that this program would be phased in over several
years, we do not expect the financial burden for all waste management
activities, including recycling, to be more than the cost that the member
communities are paying right now," says Mr. Hadfield.
"The cost of $2.92 is what we expect the new cost per home, per month
to be under a fully automated program. This is up from the $1.05 we now
charge per home per month. We will have to invest in new trucks and the
containers for citizen usage if the fully automated curbside recycling
option is selected. Various funding considerations will be addressed if
options, other than fully automated curbside recycling, are selected,"
adds Mr. Hadfield.
Materials to be collected and other program decisions will be made in
the coming months as program selection is finalized.