A number of Westchester municipalities obtain sanitation services through competitive contract bidding to private haulers. Based on our research, through such a contract, the Village of Edgemont could obtain a higher level of sanitation service compared to the status quo at a materially lower cost.
Greenburgh’s sanitation budget is approximately $6.4 million, including estimated employee benefits. There are approximately 17,300 households in the unincorporated area of the Town. Therefore, the sanitation cost per unincorporated household is about $370. For that charge, unincorporated residents receive 2x/week garbage pickup and each recycling every other week. Rear-yard service requires an additional fee.
By comparison, the Village of Rye Brook, with about 3,300 households, puts out a Request For Proposals (RFP) to private sanitation companies every 3 years. Rye Brook's budgeted cost for the 2018-19 fiscal year--including disposal fees--is $925,000, resulting in a per-household charge of $280. The Rye Brook contract includes 2x/week garbage pickup, each form of recycling every week, leaf collection, and rear-yard service at no extra charge.
Edgemont has approximately 2,800 households requiring sanitation services, 500 (15%) fewer than Rye Brook. For purposes of financial forecasting, we have conservatively assumed that a sanitation contract would cost the new village $900,000 - $1,000,000.
The EIC believes that incorporation offers an exciting opportunity for Edgemont residents to enjoy a higher level of sanitation services in a more cost-effective manner by taking advantage of market competition. The savings would then flow to the Village budget and could be made available to improve Edgemont’s quality of life.