DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: REVISE SMALL HAULERS GUIDELINES

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: REVISE SMALL HAULERS GUIDELINES
Problem Identification:
Some commercial haulers have taken advantage of the broad definition of a ‘small hauler’ to use the facility inappropriately at bargain prices ($5 per load). This is contributing to the high operating costs of the Station and is costing the City money.

Recommended Action:
Narrow the City’s definition of “small haulers” to prevent large-scale, commercial-type haulers from using the Northwest Transfer Station at bargain rates.

Classification:
Cost Savings or Revenue Enhancement


Functional/Operational Area:
Bureau of Solid Waste

Estimated Annual Impact:
270,000 – $500,000

Estimated Implementation Costs:
None

Barriers to Implementation:
Objections from those who might lose their ‘small hauler’ status.

Projected Implementation:
90 – 120 days

Next Steps:
Develop City Council support to accomplish the necessary legislative revisions to existing City ordinances.

Analysis:
The Northwest Transfer Station, located on Reisterstown Road, is intended to improve the efficiency of collections of mixed refuse by providing a location to consolidate loads for subsequent transfer to BRESCO or the Quarantine Road landfill.The Station is also available for use by ‘small haulers’ for a fee of $5 per load. These haulers are licensed by the City. The statute requires that a license applicant ‘do business in Baltimore’ but does not limit the size/types of vehicles used. As a result, some haulers bring large quantities of material to the Station. Also, it is probable that much of the material comes from locations outside of Baltimore City.

It is difficult to estimate the volume of commercial hauling being done by the ‘small hauler.’ However, if one assumes that ½ of the 15,000 tons dumped by small haulers each year (considered a conservative estimate) should actually be treated as commercial waste, the City could (a) save $270,000 in payments to BRESCO plus related labor/equipment costs by rejecting the materials or (b) earn an additional $500,000 in revenue by charging the haulers the commercial tipping rate of $67 per ton.