City update on trash, recycling status

Sorting out who’s doing what with trash and recycling in town is a topic that will hit the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole on Monday.

Arrow Refuse and Waste Management will attend to discuss what’s going on with the companies’ work in Juneau. Alaska Pacific Environmental Services, which does business in Juneau as Arrow Refuse, had previously contracted with Waste Management to dispose waste at the dump. That contract was to expire in December 2012, and Arrow wants to ship waste out of town instead of to the city dump at the end of that agreement.

Arrow said it wanted to ship refuse outside Juneau to assist the city with issues regarding waste, though as of December the company was still discussing options.

Arrow also sent an application to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to make changes to what they do — including curbside recycling pickup, waste container changes, and fee changes. RCA initially denied the application because it was incorrectly filed or missing documentation. Arrow Refuse representatives said in a Dec. 19, 2011 letter to the editor of the Juneau Empire it would refile “soon.”

Monday’s committee meeting agenda doesn’t say much about what the two companies will divulge, but it does say they will discuss both trash and recycling.

Up until Arrow’s late-September announcement it was seeking to ship waste out of town and begin a recycling plan, the city itself had been seeking Requests for Proposal on recycling. Results of those RFPs weren’t disclosed as discussion was held in executive session. The city has been mum on its plans since Arrow’s announcement and seems to have halted work on it.

Waste Management also has separate time on the agenda for a contract for management of a new recycling and household hazardous waste facility.

In other business, the COW is expecting to hear an update from Brian Meissner of ECI/Hyer Architecture & Interiors, about the State Library Archives Museum (SLAM) project. Meissner and Charles Tripp, from the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities are also expected to discuss Willoughby District pedestrian and transportation projects.

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