Rochester residents appear to be content with their garbage haulers.
A recent survey shows 95 percent of residents asked had good things to say about the current state of trash collection.
The survey was conducted earlier this year to help the Rochester City Council gauge residents’ interest in changing the system, which could include establishing a district model in an effort to reduce the number of trucks on individual city streets.
“At the present time, there is significant opposition to changing from the current system of trash collection to a city-organized collection system,” states a report to the City Council from Minneapolis-based Morris Leatherman Co.
The council is slated to review and discuss the findings at 3:30 p.m. Monday during its weekly meeting in council chambers of the city-county Government Center.
With Waste Management slated to acquire Advanced Disposal Services next year, the city will have three licensed residential-trash haulers — Waste Management, Sunshine Disposal and Hometown Haulers.
Waste Management bought out Garbage Man services in 2017. As companies are purchased, their county-issued licenses transfer to the new owner.
Tony Hill, Olmsted County’s director of environmental services, said an existing agreement with local trash haulers means no new licenses can be issued until July 1, 2022.
The survey conducted by Morris Leatherman Co. polled 400 Rochester residents from throughout the city and across various demographics.
It found that 87 percent of participants see the cost of trash service in the city as favorable when compared to the service provided, and 76 percent of them saw the ability to choose a trash hauler to be important.
Forty percent of the participants said they chose their current hauler based on lower rates, with two other reasons — being recommended and providing good service — tying for second place with 12 percent each.
When asked about thoughts related to moving away from a system with multiple providers or a more organized system that could have current trash haulers covering specific regions in the city, more than half of the participants reported cost and service as reasond the city should stay with the current program.
At the same time, more than half the people reported saying they believe a city-organized system would provide benefits by reducing pollution from trucks, ensuring pedestrian safety and holding down street maintenance and upkeep costs.