Cincinnati City Manager 2013 budget plans to divert more waste

Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney

CINCINNATI — On Monday, Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney released his 2013 draft city budget.

Unlike previous years, plans to make up a revenue deficit do not include cuts to the Office of Environmental Quality. In fact, the budget lays out plans to semi-automate the city’s solid waste program which are designed to reduce worker’s compensation costs by nearly $1 million a year, further standardize the solid waste function, facilitate cleaner  neighborhoods, expand efficiency, and promote higher levels of recycling.

Dohoney proposes to —

  • Reverse the decision to co-mingle yard waste with trash and offer biweekly curbside pickup from April to December.
  • Issue standard 95- or 64-gallon garbage carts and restrict set out beyond that limit, unless a special bulky item pick-up is scheduled.
  • Develop a plan to add side-loading vehicles to the Public Services fleet in the future, which would pave the way toward one day instituting volume-based trash fees.
  • Expand marketing efforts to achieve higher recycling rates.
  • Save money by reducing routes.
  • Franchise commercial waste collection.Comments from the public will be heard during two Budget and Finance Committee hearings:

Dec. 6, 2012 – 6 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
801 Plum St., Room 308
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Dec. 10, 2012 – 6 p.m.
Corryville Recreation Center
2823 Eden Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45219

The Cincinnati Green Group, an ad hoc environmental network sent out a call to, “Wear green, speak out and let our council know the environmental community supports these and other efforts to make our city cleaner, greener and smarter.”

– Melissa K. English, Development Director, Ohio Citizen Action