Should Long Beach Consider the Privatization of our Sanitation? [Rumor]


This is purely a rumor, but I am hearing rumblings that Long Beach is considering the privatization of our sanitation department. You know, that vital department that picks up our garbage & recycling several times a week? It’s a service we cannot live without.

The Privatization of public departments is a big topic these days in our area. Nassau County is trying to partially privatize our sewers. The Long Island Bus, while the MTA is not exactly a public company, recently went to a private operation. Can privatizing our sanitation save the city some cash?

In the 2012/13 budget, one of the options for curing our city sanitation budget woes was the following:

Get out of the commercial sanitation business entirely. Most municipalities do not get involved in commercial carting and all commercial carting is done privately. We would realize our savings by the reduction in staffing, fuel consumption, maintenance costs, truck fleet and tipping fees. (source – 2012/13 Budget)

What do you folks think? Should the city privatize our sanitation? The other options are:

  • Increase commercial rates by 60% to make up the difference in revenue expense. Increasing these rates would close the budget gap and allow the City to provide commercial sanitation as a budget neutral service.
  • Put Commercial pick-up out to bid and set authorized vendor rates By putting commercial pick up out to bid, we could establish rates for the business community by tonnage (“pay as you throw”). The City would regulate the rates as well as the pick-up times as outlined in the bid specs. Once rates are established, businesses would have varied rates, based on their individual needs and they would pay the City monthly based on their respective bills plus an administrative cost.

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9 thoughts on “Should Long Beach Consider the Privatization of our Sanitation? [Rumor]”

  1. I’m a Senior Analyst of a Hedge Fund, here on Long Island. We have an investment in a local private commercial and residential sanitation company. It’s clear that if a good private operator is brought in to run sanitation for LB, the expense for the tax payers would be DRASTICALLY decreased with a much higher efficiency across the board. It’s clear municipalities typically don’t focus on the bottom line (LB debt issues). Of course if the bidding process becomes anything like the FAKE bidding process for the development of the houses that were built on the East corner near E. Park Ave./Roosevelt Blvd the tax payers will be screwed anyway.

  2. I cant really say if this would help my wallet or not… but what I can say is that LB sanitation workers do a fine job. They basically pick up anything that I put on the curb. Throwing out my crap is one of the few things that I do not have to worry about in this city. While they may not get out of your way on the road, they are usually smiling and waving. I’m a big fan of our sanitation crew and think they do a great job. They even throw my garbage bins and recycle bins on the other side of my fence!!

  3. Does it even matter? Its not like its going to save tax payers money.

    Its pretty clear at this point that the corruption endemic to Long Beach, Nassau County, and NY State is never going to be cleaned up.

  4. Sure – let’s put more of the lower paid city employees out of work, hire a firm of carters repped by one of our friends or relatives and in a year or two most of us will be talking about how much better the job was done by the city.

    Sanitation is done well. There is a schedule and they stick to it. The fellows on the trucks all seem to be so nice and friendly and actually appear to care about doing a good job.

    I am starting to think maybe what we should do is put both the county and LB city governments out to privatization!

  5. You have to realize what the guys hanging on the back of that truck get paid J.R before you tell us how DRASTICALLY our cost will go down. Let’s just collect from the commercial establishments what is comparable in say Island Park or Oceanside and we’ll be on the right track. The FAT in this town has to cut. We have to make it expensive to sue us because you tripped on the Boardwalk. Let’s put up sign Boardwalk,walk at your own risk. Don’t people swim that way,
    or if I get caught in a rip tide and you can’t save me my family can sue.
    Shame on you Larry and Adele.

  6. Did I ever say anything about the guys on the back of the truck? No! I’m not sure why you had to jump to the conclusion. Typically, those are the most important employees and rarely make a difference to the bottom line. Of course, benefits and various union protections/benefits can get out of hand with any industry. In order to understand anything about Sanitation, a full review of financials must take place in conjunction with existing contracts. Once you paint the picture, THE FAT is easily found.

  7. I may be wrong but the guys on the back of those trucks, not driving mind you, are usually part timers with no benefits, somebody correct me if I’m wrong

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