DPW: Solid Waste

City of Somerville FY21 Budget

Mission Statement

The Solid Waste Division plays an important role in maintaining a clean, healthy city through weekly curbside pickup of solid waste and recycling from residential areas, public buildings, and schools. This service is provided on a contract basis. Solid Waste also collects bulky waste items from citizens
who schedule collection and pay a service fee for each item removed. As part of this program, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from certain appliances are removed, and metals and electronics are recycled. These programs support the City’s rodent control, cleanliness, and environmental management efforts.

Changes from FY20

DPW Sanitation Ordinary Maintenance increased in FY20 by an average cost of $103.5/ton during the pandemic while residents are sheltering in place. This cost will potentially increase to $110/Ton in FY21. The proposed increase of $552k in FY21 Rubbish and Recycling reflects an anticipated Waste Management increase of 2% with Trash, Recycling and Yard Waste pickup increasing by 3% which is contractual.

FY21 Budget Proposal