Menifee adopts amended solid waste franchise agreement

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MENIFEE – The Menifee City Council at their regular meeting March 5, adopted a resolution to approve an amended and restated franchise agreement for solid waste handling services with USA Waste of California Inc., known as Waste Management of the Inland Empire. The amended agreement includes new and enhanced programs, improved regulatory compliance and various community benefits with the primary objective to not increase customer’s rates, beyond Consumer Price Index increases.

Waste Management has provided quality, comprehensive solid waste services to Menifee since 2010. Rapid economic development and unanticipated state regulations caused the city to eventually outgrow the original agreement. Through a collaborative partnership, the city and Waste Management successfully negotiated new terms that would meet the city’s current and future anticipated needs.

“These new programs and services provide the Menifee community with assistance in meeting unfunded mandates imposed by the state, as well as enhance existing programs for our businesses and residents,” city manager Armando Villa said. “This is a win-win agreement to improve service and terms between the city, Waste Management and the community that we serve.”

Under the terms of the amended agreement, Waste Management will provide the city with regulatory updates, personnel support, municipal code updates and various community benefits to meet existing and future anticipated city needs, such as new and enhanced waste diversion programs and community benefits.

Community beautification is a primary focus area of new waste diversion programs. Through a new Litter Abatement Partnership, Waste Management will remove litter from 26 miles of arterial roadways each month, significantly reducing the workload from the city’s street maintenance crews.

Illegal dumping is addressed in the amended agreement through prevention and response programs. Prevention efforts include expanding the existing residential bulky item disposal program from two free curbside pickups to four free pickups per year. Annual community clean up events also increased from two events to four events per year, with one event to be held in each council district. These enhanced programs provide more opportunities for residents to properly dispose of bulky items, therefore discouraging the illegal disposal of materials. The amendment also requires Waste Management remove items illegally dumped in the right of way within two business days of reporting.

Additional, new programs include two free community paper-shredding events each year to allow residents to bring up to five banker boxes of paper for shredding to prevent identity theft.

The city will also implement a self-haul permit program for residents who wish to haul their own solid waste and recyclables to an approved disposal location.

Residents will also be provided with two free sharps collection mail-back containers annually, an increase from the one currently provided upon request. Sharps containers will also be provided to city staff for in field cleanups.

The negotiated amendment increases the existing franchise fee from 8.5% gross to 12% net, which is comparable to adjacent cities. Franchise fee revenue is imperative for addressing increased infrastructure maintenance caused by heavy trash hauling equipment.

The amendment also provides the city a one-time extension fee of $3 million, which will be used to bridge funding gaps for critical infrastructure and capital improvement projects, as directed by city council. Additional community benefits include annual program fees and staff reimbursement, up to $450,000 annually, to provide solid waste and recycling program administration, contract management and enhanced regulatory compliance.

For more information on the Waste Management franchise agreement, call Menifee’s Public Works/Engineering Department at (951) 677-6777 or email Samantha Rodriguez, senior management analyst, at srodriguez@cityofmenifee.us.

Submitted by city of Menifee.